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FDA and CDC – 125 sickened by Salmonella serotype I 4,[5],12:i:- Tainted Sprouts but Grower Disputes Findings

Sprouts1.jpgAccording to reports from the FDA and CDC:

• From November 1, 2010, through January 11, 2011, 125 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella serotype I 4,[5],12:i:-, whose illnesses began since November 1, have been reported from 22 states and the District of Columbia. Results of the investigation indicate a link to eating Tiny Greens Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy Sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurant outlets.

• Testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of one environmental (water run-off) sample identified Salmonella serotype I 4,[5],12:i:- that is indistinguishable from the outbreak strain.

• Consumers should not eat recalled Tiny Greens Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy Sprouts, and restaurant and food service operators should not serve them. Consumers, retailers, and others who have recalled Tiny Greens Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy Sprouts should dispose of them in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trashcan.

However, according to press reports, “Tiny Greens Farm disputes FDA finding of salmonella contamination.”

  • Doc Mudd

    From the linked press release: “…a strain of salmonella involved in a recent multi-state outbreak has turned up in water run-off samples at Tiny Greens Organic Farm. But Tiny Greens’ owner Bill Bagby criticized testing by the FDA and the Illinois Department of Public Health as not being comprehensive enough.”
    Let’s be absolutely fair by achieving a sufficiently comprehensive investigation…and ultimately a sufficiently comprehensive settlement from Tiny Greens Organic Farm for damage inflicted upon food consumers.