Enterprisesí Salmonella Sprouts Now Linked to 121 Illnesses in NE, SD
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The outbreak that's
sickened people in four Midwest states has been tied to SunSprout
Enterprises' sprouts that were distributed to grocery stores and
restaurants. The Omaha company "voluntarily" recalled
officials say 84 cases of Salmonella saintpaul have been confirmed near
Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney.
confirmed 27 cases. South Dakota and Kansas officials have both
confirmed five cases in their states.
Sprouts have been
implicated in an increasing number of foodborne illness outbreaks in
recent years, and although procedures have been developed to
significantly reduce bacterial contamination, not all sprout growers
have adopted techniques to decrease the risk of contaminated produce.
In 1999, the FDA announced new guidelines for the growing of sprouts,
including using calcium hypochlorite treatment on seeds. This treatment
exposes seeds to high levels of chlorine, killing bacteria, but leaving
seeds unharmed. Since its introduction, manufacturers who consistently
use this seed disinfectant treatment have not been implicated in
foodborne illness outbreaks.
Outbreaks and Compliance with FDA Guidelines by Year