Food recalls have been the big thing this week. Several cases of E. coli infection linked to raw clover sprouts have been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.
Preliminary investigations indicate the likely sources of this outbreak are raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Idaho, the CDC said. The state departments of health in Washington and Idaho are telling consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts.
Evergreen Fresh Sprouts was involved in a 2011 salmonella outbreak. Consumers were discouraged from eating the brand’s alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts. Sprouts have a history of being involved in bacterial infection outbreaks.
According to a study commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the warm, moist conditions that are conducive to growing bumper crops of sprouts are also an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
In the study, Kevin Allen, a microbiology professor at the University of British Columbia, tested 44 samples of prepackaged sprouts (as well as 48 samples of leafy greens and 58 samples of various herbs.) Allen found, “Over 78% of sprouts had levels of microorganisms too numerous to count.”
Hummus and dip products totaling about 14,860 pounds are being voluntarily recalled by Lansal Inc. amongst concerns about possible bacterial contamination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms can include fever, muscle ache, headache, stiff neck and confusion. Listeria monocytogenes can cause infections in young children and elderly people. No illnesses have been reported.
Some of the affected products were shipped nationally and include 10-ounce and 2-pound containers of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus marked for use by June 11, 8-ounce containers of Trader Joe’s Edamame Hummus with April 28, April 29 and May 14 use-by dates.
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