SunSprout alfalfa sprouts linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota


The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Douglas County Health Department (DCHD), Sarpy/Cass Health Department, and Three Rivers Public Health Department, is investigating a cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhimurium.

As of December 29, 2022, 16 ill individuals reported consuming SunSprout brand alfalfa sprouts between December 2–13, either at local restaurants or in their homes after purchase from local grocery stores.

Public health officials are collecting information from those sickened, including their age, race, ethnicity, other demographics, and the foods they consumed prior to becoming ill. Sick people range in age from 19 to 78 years, 67% are female. Of 14 of those sickened, two have been hospitalized.

It appears that the FDA might be investigating the sprout outbreak along with another mystery Salmonella Typhimurium linked to 274 illnesses and 2 Listeria illnesses linked to Enoki Mushrooms.

SunSprout Enterprises is voluntarily recalling two lots (#4211 and 5211) of raw alfalfa sprouts in 4-ounce clamshells, with best by dates between 12/10/22 and 12/27/22, due to potential contamination with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The company directly distributed 1406 pounds of product to five foodservice and grocery customers in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa between late November and early December 2022. No other SunSprout lot codes or products are impacted by this voluntary recall.

The raw alfalfa sprouts are packaged in 4-ounce clamshells with best buy dates between 12/10/2022 and 12/27/2022 and lot codes #4211 and 5211. The lot code and best buy date can be found on the front of the package. The alfalfa sprouts are available in the produce section of grocery stores. To date, SunSprout has received no complaints or reports of illness due to this recalled product. This voluntary recall is a result of a preliminary investigation by the State of Nebraska in connection with CDC of an outbreak of illness likely associated with alfalfa sprouts. SunSprout, out of an abundance of caution, is initiating this voluntary recall while it further investigates how this alfalfa product was handled and stored after it left its Nebraska facility.



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