State Issues Alfalfa Warning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan is warning against eating raw alfalfa sprouts until investigators have more information about the origin of sprouts that infected people with salmonella.
Michigan has 16 confirmed salmonella cases in the southeast part of the state, with two known hospitalizations. Ten of the 16 people consumed raw alfalfa sprouts at sandwich shops.
State officials say Wednesday the latest cases are similar to ones uncovered in the Midwest earlier this year, which resulted in a recall of alfalfa sprouts.
Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infections can be deadly to young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

At the same time, a Southern California company has recalled alfalfa sprouts that may be contaminated with salmonella.
Los Angeles Calco, Inc. of Arcadia announced Tuesday that it is recalling 4-ounce containers of sprouts that it distributed to three wholesalers in Los Angeles and Costa Mesa.
The containers carry sell-by dates of April 23 and May 2.
A company official says the sprouts were sold to restaurants but did not go to any retail markets.
Calco says routine testing detected salmonella in some samples but no illnesses have been reported.
Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infections can be deadly to young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.


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