Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled Nationwide for Salmonella

May 23, 2010 Updated: May 23, 2010

A national recall on alfalfa sprouts was issued on Friday, following reports of salmonella poisoning in multiple states throughout the western region of the U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the voluntary recall by Caldwell Fresh Foods after documented cases of salmonella in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

The salmonella infections have been connected to alfalfa sprouts distributed under the product names Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature’s Choice, and California Exotics. The sprouts have been sent to various delis and restaurants across the country along with major grocery chains such as WalMart and Trader Joe’s.

According to the FDA, salmonella bacteria can be fatal for children and the elderly. Those with weak immune systems should also be aware of the severity of illness associated with their predisposition involving the bacteria, as it could prove deadly.

It is was also advised that anyone who made contact with the food and is suffering from abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and/or vomiting should seek immediate medical assistance.

Consumers are being advised by the FDA to avoid sprouts packaged with Caldwell Fresh Foods labels in four ounce cups along with one-pound, two-pound, and five-pound plastic bags kept in boxes. Four-ounce Nature’s Choice plastic cups are at risk as well as California Exotics five-ounce cups.

No deaths related to the recent salmonella outbreak have been reported. To find more information about food-related sickness visit www.foodsafety.gov.