Alfalfa sprouts recalled for salmonella

ALBANY - The state Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to the recall of certain packages of alfalfa sprouts due to the presence of salmonella.

Snow White Food Products, Inc., a Brooklyn-based distributor, is recalling packages of "Alfalfa Sprouts" after samples of the product analyzed by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the presence of salmonella bacteria in some of the containers.

The recall pertains to 3.5-ounce plastic clamshell containers of sprouts. The product was distributed in New York State.

Production and sale of the product have been suspended and consumers who have purchased them are urged to return them to the place of purchase or discard them.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, or anyone with weakened immune systems. Symptoms traditionally include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

So far, no illnesses related to the consumption of the alfalfa sprouts have been reported.

Alfalfa sprouts, like many other sprouts, are often grown in warm, moist conditions that are conducive to the growth of bacteria and other microbials, some of which may cause foodborne illnesses. As a result, sprouts are regularly tested for the presence of microbials.

Consumers with questions may contact Snow White Food Products by calling 718-230-5625.

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