A Michigan grower is recalling product after news that 12 people in the state became sick after eating salmonella-tainted raw alfalfa sprouts.
Ionia-based Living Foods Inc. announced the voluntary recall Oct. 13, though as of that date no tests had linked the company’s sprouts to the illnesses, according to a news release from the company.
On Oct. 9, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Community Health issued a public health alert advising Michigan residents not to eat raw alfalfa sprouts. No other sprouts have been implicated in the salmonella outbreak, which sent two people to the hospital.
Illnesses were reported between Aug. 17 and Sept. 18 in the Michigan counties of Bay, Genesee, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne.
Living Foods is recalling several products sold under its Living Foods label and marked with a sell-by date of Oct. 22 or earlier. They include 4-ounce cups and bags, 1-pound bags and 5-pound boxes of alfalfa sprouts; and 4-ounce cups of spicy sprouts, alfalfa/onion sprouts, alfalfa/garlic sprouts and seven sprouts.
The sprouts were distributed to retail and foodservice distributors in Michigan through wholesale produce suppliers.