May 21, 2010 7:26 PM by David Ortiviz
Raw alfalfa sprouts are linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 22 people in 10 states--including Colorado. Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., has announced a nationwide recall of its product which is sold in 18 states in the West, Midwest and South.
The government says 11 people were sickened in California, two were sickened in Nevada and two were sickened in Wisconsin. Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Colorado each had one person sickened. Six people were hospitalized.
A senior epidemiologist at the Oregon health department says Caldwell Fresh Foods is cooperating with an investigation.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and others with weakened immune systems. It can cause diarrhea, fever and vomiting.