Alfalfa Sprout Recall in California

Just when Spring has sprung and everyone out here in California is eating salads, there's been a double recall of contaminated alfalfa sprouts this weekend on the West Coast.

First, on Saturday, Salad Cosmo USA Corporation in Dixon, CA reported that bulk shipments of alfalfa sprouts may have been contaminated with salmonella. The recall sparked a recall of alfafa sprout packages in grocery stores in Northern and Central California, and Washington.

Then on Sunday, Trader Joe's, a grocery chain based in South Pasadena, CA with locations throughout the West Coast and other parts of the USA, recalled plastic tubs of Nature's Choice Alfalfa Sprouts. The sprouts were packed by J.H. Caldwell and Sons in Maywood, CA. Trader Joe's is concerned that the sprouts may be contaminated with an unidentified microorganism that causes food-borne illness. The Trader Joe's recall applies to products with a "Sell By" date of on or before 03/09/2008 and sold in stores in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

The California Department of Public Health says no illnesses have been reported. The bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever and vomiting, and can sometimes be fatal, so salmonella is not something to be taken lightly.

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