Sprouts are a known source of food borne illness and, because sprouts are often eaten raw with no additional treatment, such as cooking, which eliminates bacteria, washing sprouts does not necessarily remove the bacteria that grows within the sprouts and cannot be washed away. Over the past 15 years, at least 30 outbreaks of food poisoning have been linked to eating raw or lightly cooked sprouts, said the FDA.
Banner Mountain Sprouts is recalling the following organic sprouts under the following names:
Four-Ounce Zesty Greens
Five-Ounce Sprout Salad
Four-Ounce Alfalfa Sprouts
One-Pound Alfalfa Sprouts
Two-Pound Alfalfa Sprouts
Routine testing revealed signs of the Salmonella pathogen; Banner Mountain Sprouts was notified of possible contamination.
The sprouts were distributed through retail stores and wholesalers in California and come packaged in four- or five-ounce clear, plastic, clamshell containers and a one-or two-pound zipping lock bags that bear sell by dates from 6/17/12 to 7/6/12.
The firm is advising consumers in possession of the recalled Banner Mountain Sprouts products to immediately discard the products. Banner Mountain Sprouts can be reached at 1.916.737.0424 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To date, no illnesses have been reported; however, it can take some time from ingestion of a tainted product for symptoms to manifest.
The most common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, with symptoms manifesting, usually, within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more severe or chronic illnesses.
Salmonellosis can be dangerous, even deadly, leaving sufferers with serious life-long health issues. One of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, salmonellosis can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants; the elderly; and persons with compromised immune systems, such as people with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Banner Mountain Sprouts Recalled for Possible Salmonella