Nebraska company's sprout recall expanded

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(Omaha, NE) -- A Nebraska-based grower of alfalfa sprouts is doubling its product recall that was first announced Thursday.

On Friday, SunSprout Enterprises announced it is voluntarily recalling four lots (#4211, 5211, 3212, and 4212) of raw alfalfa sprouts in 4-ounce clamshells and 2.5lb packages, with best-by dates between 12/10/22 and 1/7/23, due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The earlier voluntary recall included only the first two lots listed with different best-by dates.

The company directly distributed 1,406 pounds of product to five food service and grocery customers in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa between late November and mid-December 2022. No other SunSprout lot codes or products are impacted by this voluntary recall.

The Douglas County Health Department, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Sarpy Cass County Health Department, Three Rivers Public Health, and the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory have been credited with discovering the initial cases that are now part of this multi-state outbreak of Salmonella originating in alfalfa sprouts. This outbreak was first announced on December 23rd when it was reported that 12 cases had been reported in Nebraska. That number has grown to 16 cases, with 11 coming from Douglas County.

Anyone with products from these four lots should immediately stop using them and dispose of them. Consumers also are advised to follow safe handling instructions and wash their hands and all surfaces that may have been in contact with the product during food preparation.

Please contact your local health department immediately if you have been sick after eating alfalfa sprouts or call your doctor if you need medical attention. It takes most people 4-7 days to recover from a Salmonella infection without antibiotics. People with weakened immune systems, those over age 65, or less than a year old are at increased risk for severe Salmonella infections.

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