The US Food and Drug Administration has warned the public not to use alfalfa or spicy sprouts currently marketed under the Evergreen Produce brand after it was linked to salmonella outbreak in five US states.
According to the FDA, the consumption of sprouts has been linked to outbreak of salmonella enteritidis in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington with over 20 cases being reported in the five states.
The FDA revealed that the outbreak could be linked to the sprouts currently being sold under the brand name of Evergreen Produce or Evergreen Produce Inc and comes in plastic bags. So far the health regulators have failed to contact the manufacturers of the sprouts currently being investigated.
"Consumers should not eat alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts from plastic bags labeled "Evergreen Produce" or "Evergreen Produce Inc." Consumers, retailers and others who have sprouts in plastic bags labeled "Evergreen Produce" or "Evergreen Produce Inc." should throw them away in a sealed container so people and animals, including wild animals, cannot eat them", the statement read.