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Urgent Alfafa Sprout Recall

Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., is voluntarily recalling all of its alfalfa sprouts. Their sprouts are being marketed with the Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature’s Choice, and California Exotics labels.

The alfalfa sprouts have been traced to a recent outbreak of Salmonella in ten states. 22 cases of Salmonella Newport infections have been confirmed in Arizona (1), California (11), Colorado (1), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Missouri (1), New Mexico (1), Nevada (2), Oregon (1), and Wisconsin (2). Six of the cases have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Alfalfa sprouts being recalled were packaged and labeled as: Caldwell Fresh Foods alfalfa sprouts - 4-ounce plastic cups and one pound plastic bags and in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with sticker affixed with the printed words “Caldwell Fresh Foods”; Nature’s Choice alfalfa sprouts - 4-ounce plastic cups; California Exotics brands alfalfa sprouts - 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers. No other alfalfa sprouts are being recalled.

Salmonella is a bacterium that 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. Consumers who are experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

More information for consumers about avoiding the risks associated with eating sprouts is available at http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/types/fruits/sprouts.html1.

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