Published Wednesday May 6,
Eating sprouts leads to lawsuit
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Attorneys for a Bellevue man who said he became sick after
eating contaminated alfalfa sprouts have filed a lawsuit against a local
company and its Kentucky seed supplier that health officials linked to a
multi-state salmonella outbreak.
Daniel Krim, 49, said he became ill after eating alfalfa sprouts on a turkey
sandwich he purchased from a La Vista restaurant in late February. His
flu-like symptoms worsened, forcing him to go to the emergency room at
Midlands Hospital in Papillion.
Days later, his doctor confirmed he had been infected with the salmonella St.
Paul strain, according to his lawsuit, filed last week in Sarpy County
Krim is suing CW Sprouts, Inc., whose SunSprouts products were linked to
the outbreak in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and South Dakota. He also
is suing Caudill Seed and Warehouse Co. of Louisville, Ky., the company
that manufactured and sold alfalfa sprout seeds to CW Sprouts.
A spokesman for CW Sprouts, whose products were distributed to grocery
stores and restaurants, declined to comment. He said he planned to release
a statement at a later date. Calls to Caudill Seed were not immediately
returned this morning.
In March, the Douglas County Health Department asked restaurants to take
sprouts off the menu. Some grocery stores also pulled alfalfa sprouts from
Jere Ferrazzo, the Douglas County Health Department's food and drink
supervisor, on Wednesday said that businesses are allowed to use and sell
However, he said the Food and Drug Administration recommends that consumers
not eat raw sprouts and that elderly people with weak immune systems cut
out sprouts entirely.