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Is it time for Sprout Seeders and Growers to stop the E. coli and Salmonella Madness?

I seem to be constantly updating this chart as more and more outbreaks and illnesses are reported.

Year Type Pathogen Cases

1990 Alfalfa S. Anatum 15

1995 Alfalfa S. Stanley 128

1995 Alfalfa S. Newport 133

1995 Alfalfa S. Newport 69

1996 Alfalfa S. Stanley 30

1996 Alfalfa S. Montevideo 650

1997 Alfalfa S. Infantis 109

1997 Alfalfa E. coli O157:H7 108

1997 Alfalfa S. Senftenberg 60

1997 Alfalfa S. Meleagridis 78

1998 Alfalfa S. Havana 40

1998 Alfalfa E. coli O157:NM 8

1999 Alfalfa S. Mbandaka 83

1999 Alfalfa S. Typhimurium 119

1999 Alfalfa S. Muenchen 61

1999 Alfalfa S. paratyphi B 51

1999 Alfalfa Salmonella spp. 34

1999 Alfalfa S. Muenchen 38

1999 Clover S. Saintpaul 36

2000 Mung S. Enteritidis 75

2000 Mung S. Enteritidis 12

2001 Alfalfa S. Kottbus 32

2001 Alfalfa Salmonella spp. 22

2001 Mung S. Enteritidis 84

2002 Alfalfa E. coli O157:H7 7

2003 Alfalfa S. Saintpaul 9

2003 Alfalfa S. Chester 26

2003 Alfalfa E. coli O157:H7 7

2003 Alfalfa S. Saintpaul 16

2003 Alfalfa E. coli O157:NM 13

2004 Alfalfa Salmonella spp. 12

2005 Alfalfa E. coli O157:H7 1

2005 Mung Salmonella spp. 648

2006 Bean S. Braenderup 4

2008 Alfalfa S. Typhimurium 13

2009 Alfalfa S. Saintpaul 6

2009 Alfalfa S. Saintpaul 235

2010 Alfalfa S. Newport 43

2010 Alfalfa S. I 4,[5],12:i:- 112

2011 Clover S. Newport 6

*Thanks to the CDC, Dr. Ben Chapman and Oregon DOH.

  • Doc Mudd

    Stop the madness?
    In your dreams.

  • http://www.scoringag.com William Kanitz Pres.

    It can be done with real traceback from the field of production with all commingling of seed used for sprouting with labeling that is accurate, then entered into the ScoringAg database. There is not any traceback records generated from the field practices used to grow the seed used for sprouting let alone whether the seed was harvested by a clean combine and bagged in sanitary bags or bins and stored in clean pathogen tested containers. Even the transportation mode needs to be looked at. With all of the commingling that goes on, only the ScoringAg database can be the Site-Specific Recordkeeping™ that’s needed to find the point of contamination. Yes, Bill, it can be done right to cut down on all of these problems.
    William Kanitz