October 26, 2021

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Alfalfa Sprouts

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The CDC is investigation cases of salmonella poisoning in the Midwest

With most cases occurring in the Midwest, health officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a salmonella outbreak. It has sickened 89 people in 15 states and Washington, D.C. Only about 23% of those that were sickened by the outbreak were hospitalized, and there have not been any deaths reported.

Many of those that had gotten sick reported that they had eaten alfalfa sprouts at a restaurant called Jimmy John’s, which is a national sandwich chain.

The founder of Jimmy John’s had his source for alfalfa sprouts tested and the results came back negative. They also had each store location tested and they too came up negative.

The illnesses from the current outbreak have been reported from November 1 to December 21. The CDC is still trying to determine where the source of the outbreak is coming from.

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration continue to investigate this outbreak. For now they have pulled alfalfa sprouts off of shelves in Illinois, which has had the most cases, with 50 people experiencing symptoms of salmonella.

Alfalfa sprouts have been linked to salmonella several times in the past. In order to lower your chance of getting sick from them you should cook them first. Those with low immune systems such as children, pregnant women and the elderly should avoid eating raw sprouts.