Salmonella Muenchen Outbreak Update [US]


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US/Silver Spring: FDA Logo BlueFDA investigates multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen linked to Alfalfa Sprouts produced by Sweetwater Farms. FDA: http://ht.ly/YZCdD

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm488662.htm

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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the FDA, CDC, state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen illnesses linked to Alfalfa Sprouts produced by Sweetwater Farms LLC, Inman, Kansas.

According to the FDA, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports that 13 people have been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Muenchen in four states: Kansas (5), Missouri (3), Oklahoma (3), and Pennsylvania (2). Five (5) people have been hospitalized. Reported illness onset dates range from December 1, 2015 through January 21, 2016.

Collaborative investigation efforts of the FDA, CDC, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Department of Agriculture and Oklahoma Department of Health indicate that Sprouts produced by Sweetwater Farms LLC are the likely source of this outbreak. Irrigation water and Alfalfa Sprout samples collected by the FDA from Sweetwater Farms LLC tested positive for Salmonella. Testing to identify the specific strain of Salmonella is ongoing.

On February 19, 2016, after discussions with the FDA and other federal, state, and local agencies, Sweetwater Farms LLC voluntarily recalled Alfalfa Sprouts from lot 042016. On February 26, 2016, Sweetwater Farms informed the FDA that it would recall all of its sprout products from the market.

==> For information about Salmonellosis (Salmonella poisoning), please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page.

Restaurants and retailers should not sell or utilize any sprouts from Sweetwater Farms, LLC. In addition, restaurants and retailers should dispose of any Alfalfa Sprouts from Sweetwater Farms LLC. Restaurants and retailers should also be aware that produce may be a source of pathogens and should control the potential for cross-contamination of food processing equipment and the food processing environment.

If you have any questions about this recall, please contact the FDA at 1-888-723-3366 (1-888-SAFE-FOOD).

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