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Nationwide alfalfa sprout recall posted

May 24, 2010 at 8:24 AM

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a nationwide recall of raw alfalfa sprouts that have been linked with Salmonella infections in 10 states.

The FDA said the recall affects raw alfalfa sprouts distributed by Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., under the brand names Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature's Choice and California Exotics alfalfa sprouts.

The recalled products have been linked to 22 cases of Salmonella Newport infections in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Wisconsin. The FDA said the sprouts were distributed to a variety of restaurants, delicatessens and retailers nationwide, including Trader Joe's and Walmart stores.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Consumers who have purchased raw sprouts with the recalled brand names can return the sprouts for a refund.

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