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Northland Soy Products Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risk

Baruch Souphanavong

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Anchorage, Alaska -- June 18, 2004 -- Northland Soy Products of Anchorage, Alaska is recalling their 3.5 ounce packages of Alfalfa Sprouts and 1 pound bulk bags of Alfalfa Sprouts, because it was germinated from seed that has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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 Alfalfa Sprouts were distributed to retail stores and restaurants in Alaska.

The Alfalfa Sprouts are packaged in 3.5 ounce clear plastic rigid containers and labeled with the name of Northland Soy, Inc., Anchorage, AK. The packages do not have any type of coding.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with Northland Soy Products.

This recall is being conducted because epidemiological data suggests that the seed used to grow these sprouts have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Consumers who have purchased Northland Soy alfalfa sprouts are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 907-248-2326.


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