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1997 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Consumption First Harvest Alfalfa Sprouts

An outbreak of Salmonella serotypes Infantis and Anatum, which occurred from February through June, 1997, in Kansas and Missouri, was associated with eating contaminated alfalfa sprouts produced by a local sprouter, First Harvest. On the basis of epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory findings, the source of Salmonella contamination in this outbreak was determined to be alfalfa seeds.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 1997
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Kansas, Missouri
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Many
  • Brand Name(s):
  • First Harvest
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 114
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 18
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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