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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Sunshine Sprouts Recalls Sunshine Brand Alfalfa Sprouts and Sunshine Brand Spicy Sprout Mix Because of Possible Health Risk

Sunshine Sprouts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Medford, OR -- June 10, 2004 -- Sunshine Sprouts of Medford, OR is recalling its 5 oz. packages and 6 lb. bulk trays of Sunshine brand Alfalfa Sprouts and its 5 oz. packages of Sunshine brand Spicy Sprout Mix because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Bovismorbificans, an organism which 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 (which 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The Sunshine brand Alfalfa Sprouts and Sunshine brand Spicy Sprout Mix were distributed through retail stores in southern Oregon and northern California.

The alfalfa sprouts come in a 5 oz. clear plastic clam shell and 6 lb. bulk tray and the spicy sprout mix comes in a 5 oz. clear plastic clam shell. The products are not coded but could have been purchased up through and including June 10, 2004.

To date, one case of Salmonella Bovismorbificans possibly linked to the consumption of Sunshine brand raw alfalfa sprouts has been reported.

FDA is working closely with state officials and the company to determine the cause of this problem and what steps can be taken to combat it.

Consumers who have purchased the 5 oz. packages of alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprout mix, or purchased bulk alfalfa sprouts are urged to return product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 541-951-3721.


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