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Food Safety Alert

August 19, 2010

Jessica Ziehm
518-457-3136
jessica.ziehm@agriculture.ny.gov

Salmonella in Alfalfa Sprouts

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Snow White Food Products Inc., located in 621 Bergen Street in Brooklyn, New York, is recalling certain packages of “Alfalfa Sprouts” due to the presence of Salmonella.

The recalled “Alfalfa Sprouts” is packaged in a 3.5 ounce plastic clamshell container which is uncoded.  It has a UPC code of 0-46421-11236-6.  The product was distributed in New York State. 

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.  Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.  No illnesses have been reported to date to this agency in connection with the recalled product.

The contamination was discovered after a sample analyzed by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 3.5 ounce containers of Snow White Food Products “Alfalfa Sprouts.”  Production and sale of the product has been suspended.

Consumers who have purchased 3.5 ounce containers of Snow White Food Products “Alfalfa Sprouts” are urged to return them to the place of purchase or discard the product.  Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at 718-230-5625.

Photo: http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/FoodSafetyAlets/sw-sprouts.html.


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