Fresh sprouted microgreens associated with a Salmonella outbreak were distributed more widely than originally thought. Canadian officials report the recalled sprouts were sent to Nova Scotia in addition to Ontario and British Columbia.
The wider distribution of the Sunsprout brand sprouts is of particular concern because the recalled products have a shelf life through Oct. 13. This is the fourth recall notice related to the microgreens, all of which include alfalfa sprouts.
“This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products,” according to the updated recall posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
“Public Health Ontario is investigating an outbreak of human illness associated with consumption of these products.”
The product subject to the new recall is:
|Sunsprout||Micro – Greens Alfalfa||100 g||0 57621 13511 6||All best before dates up to and including BBOCT13|
About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.
Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled sprouted microgreens and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.
Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.
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