May 21, 2010 4:55 PM by David Ortiviz

Alfalfa sprout recall issued after 23 sickened

Salmonella found in alfalfa sprouts appears to have sickened 23 people in 10 states, including one infant in Oregon, prompting a nationwide recall of the product. The sprouts were produced by Caldwell Fresh Foods of California, and sold in 18 states. (We do not know yet if Colorado is one of those states.)

The sprouts were sold under various names at stores including Walmart, Trader Joe's and other locations. The recalled sprouts are labelled and packaged as:

* Caldwell Fresh Foods - 4-ounce plastic cups and one pound plastic bags, and 2-pound and 5 pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with sticker affixed with the printed words Caldwell Fresh Foods.
* Nature's Choice - 4-ounce plastic cups
* California Exotics brands - 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers

Maurie Thomas, Caldwell's general manager, said that a 4-month-old infant, who'd been fed a blended mixture of spouts and water, was the first to become ill.

Consumers who are experiencing illness after consuming our sprouts should seek medical attention. Consumers that have purchased alfalfa sprouts manufactured by Caldwell Fresh Foods are urged to return them to the place of purchase for refund or dispose of them. Consumers with questions may contact Maurie Thomas at 323-589-5008 from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST or 562-858-1201, 24 hours a day.


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