The Food and Drug Administration recommends that consumers not eat raw alfalfa sprouts or combinations of sprouts that include alfalfa due to potential contamination with Salmonella Saintpaul.
The Centers for Disease Control, working with the FDA and state health departments, have identified 31 cases of illness traced to alfalfa sprouts in six different states since mid-March. All either ate sprouts in a restaurant or bought them in retail stores.
Because the outbreak is widespread, the FDA suspects the problem may be in the seeds used for sprouting and how they are handled. Read the rest of this entry »