I always loved getting alfalfa sprouts on sandwiches, but then there was
that whole sprout-salmonella thing, and it became difficult to find sandwiches
with sprouts. I had forgotten all about that until I read in the newspaper
today about a salmonella outbreak involving clover sprouts. The sprouts
are produced by Sprouters Northwest of Kent, WA, and were distributed
in the Pacific Northwest.
Oregonian article reports that while this is the first clover sprout outbreak in Oregon,
it is certainly not the first sprout outbreak. In fact, there have been
13 sprout outbreaks in the state in the past 15 years. William Keene of
Oregon Public Health advises against consuming any type of sprout.
The outbreak in Oregon was traced to the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain
in Bend. Sprouters Northwest has recalled its clover sprouts and won’t
produce them while the FDA looks into the situation.