December 2010

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, announced today that it is pledging $10,000 to the International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA) to assist in the development of a safer method for the production of sprouts. The contribution comes on the heels of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak caused by contaminated sprouts that has sickened almost 100

First Class Foods, Inc., a Hawthorne, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Screen shot 2010-12-30 at 8.10.20 PM.pngThe following products are subject to recall:

• 16-oz. packages of “NATURE’S HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF

Screen shot 2010-12-30 at 11.44.44 AM.pngThe CDC has confirmed that there are presently 94 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella serotype I 4,[5],12:i:- from 16 states and the District of Columbia. The number of ill people identified in each state with the outbreak strain is as follows: California (1), Connecticut (1), District of Columbia (1), Georgia (1), Hawaii

JimmyJohnsSub.jpgSalmonella and E. coli are fecal bateria – think about it.

According to today’s report from the CDC, between November 1 through December 27, 2010, 94 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella serotype I 4,[5],12:i:- have been reported from 16 states and the District of Columbia. The number of ill people identified in

With the number of Salmonella or E. coli Outbreaks linked to sprout consumption nearly 40 in the last few decades by my count, perhaps banning sales of sprouts across state lines would both limit the size of these outbreaks and jump-start small, local, sustainable agriculture?

alf-spr5.jpgThis recent Outbreak, according to the CDC is expanding:

  • From

little-bear-logo.jpgThe “precautionary, voluntary recall” announced Monday pertains to cilantro and parsley from J&D Produce, Inc., packed between November 30 and December 6, by the Edinburg, Texas-based company.

The J&D Produce recall came after independent tests found salmonella on the company’s parsley in Quebec and its cilantro in Detroit, Michigan, both of which came from the

For those who like lists, here is a fairly complete list of outbreaks linked to sprouts in the United States and Canada the last 20 years.

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

You guessed it – Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. The recent Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- Outbreak linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants is the third I 4,[5],12:i:- outbreak in the last two years.

Screen shot 2010-12-25 at 7.36.58 PM.pngMultistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- Infections Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts sold at Jimmy John’s

From November 1 to December 21, 2010,

Since 1996, there have been nearly 40 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with different types of raw and lightly cooked sprouts. Most of these outbreaks were caused by Salmonella and E. coli. Here are a few that we have been involved in: