Salmonella outbreak: 30 ill in 9 states prompts Alfalfa Sprouts Recall

Posted on August 8, 2016 by


CDC, several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Reading and Salmonella Abony infections.

30 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Reading or Salmonella Abony have been reported from nine states.

Five ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic and traceback evidence available at this time indicate that alfalfa sprouts supplied by Sprouts Extraordinaire of Denver, Colorado are the likely source of this outbreak.

On August 5, 2016, Sprouts Extraordinaire recalled alfalfa sprout products from the market due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Recalled alfalfa sprouts were sold in 5-pound boxes and labeled “Living Alfalfa Sprouts.”
CDC recommends that consumers do not eat and restaurants and other retailers do not sell or serve recalled alfalfa sprouts supplied by Sprouts Extraordinaire.

This investigation is ongoing.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 21, 2016 to July 20, 2016. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 72, with a median age of 30. Fifty-three percent of ill people are female. Five ill people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

States Case Count
Colorado 13
Kansas 8
Minnesota 1
Missouri 1
Nebraska 2
New York 1
Oregon 1
Texas 1
Wyoming 2
Total 30


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