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Warning About Eating Alfalfa Sprouts

Monday, April 27, 2009

In case you didn’t hear, the latest warning about tainted food is for raw alfalfa sprouts. The Food & Drug Administration has issued a warning stating that the sprouts are next in a long list of warnings about foods tainted with salmonella. So far, only sprouts distributed in California have been affected. Even though I'm not in California, it would make me nervous eating sprouts no matter where they were from.

A part of me often wonders whether agri-terrorism is to blame, deliberate attempts of company executives sabatoging the products and services of their competitors; I hope that's not the case. Regardles the reasons or cause, it’s scary for everyone.

The FDA warning is below:

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  • _VALEO_
    I grow my own, and try to be as careful as possible with hygiene (cleaning carefully my pots where they grow).

    Most of the time salmonella issues arise because our fridge is not clean enough, and we don't properly pack our food.
    3270 days ago
    That's a real shame, Will. They're so good! I like them in sandwiches but haven't had them for a while due to what I'd heard about their risk of salmonella in the past. They add a pleasant texture I don't get from other veggies. - Sara emoticon
    3276 days ago
    I missed that. No wonder they've been so scarse in the stores.
    3281 days ago
    I missed this info, and I do like tossing Alfafa sprouts on my salad from time to time and appreciate you noting it...nothing like being SAFE and healthy... emoticon for sharing!
    3282 days ago
    Yeah I was going to say, if you like sprouts, you can buy a kit to grow them yourself for pretty cheap and I'm sure if you are a DIY type, you could make one even cheaper.
    3282 days ago
    I'm in California and I haven't purchased alfalfa sprouts in years. I always do my own. It is cheaper, easy to do and safer than super markets. Given the shelf life of sprouts, which is in most cases a day or two, they usually are smelling moldy by the time they hit the shelves.
    Thanks a bunch (of sprouts) .... for the warning.

    3282 days ago
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