(Sept. 8, 2:00 p.m.) Sprouters Northwest Inc., Kent, Wash., is recalling its alfalfa sprouts products after more than a dozen people became ill apparently from consuming salmonella-tainted products.

The recalled items are Sprouters brand alfalfa sprouts, onion sprouts and salad sprouts, according to a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The products were distributed to retailers and wholesalers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, the FDA release said, and were packaged in a variety of sizes ranging from 4 ounces to 2 pounds.

The sprouts have a “best by” date of Sept. 17 or earlier and included 4-ounce alfalfa sprout, onion sprout and salad sprout clamshells, 5-ounce alfalfa sprout and alfalfa onion sprout cups, 1-pound bags and 2-pound trays of alfalfa sprouts. The Universal Product Codes for the products are available at the FDA Web site, www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html.

The 13 illnesses linked to the sprouts were in Oregon and Washington. Sprouters Northwest is cooperating with the FDA and state officials to determine the cause of the bacteria, the release said.

In June, 2004, Sprouters Northwest was one of several companies that recalled tainted sprouts. In that case, the salmonella was linked to a supply of alfalfa seeds.

Washington grower-shipper recalls alfalfa sprouts
Sprouts products being recalled by Sprouters Northwest Inc., Kent, Wash., include these labels.