Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts

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Posted December 30, 2022

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 15
  • Hospitalizations: 2
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 3
  • Recall: Yes
  • Investigation status: Active
Recalled Food

SunSprout Enterprises raw alfalfa sprouts

  • Sold to foodservice and at grocery stores between late November and mid December 2022
  • Packaged in 4-ounce clear, plastic clamshell containers and 2.5 pound packages labeled with lot numbers 4211, 5211, 3212, or 4212
  • Best-by dates between 12/10/2022 and 1/7/2023
  • See recall notice for additional information
What You Should Do
  • Do not eat any recalled alfalfa sprouts. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the recalled alfalfa sprouts using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up
What Businesses Should Do
  • Do not sell or serve recalled alfalfa sprouts.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled alfalfa sprouts.
Symptoms of Salmonella
  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
    • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page.