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2004 Outbreak of Salmonella Bovismorbifans Linked to Sprouters Northwest, Inc. and Sunshine Sprouts Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts that were sold to various institutional settings in Washington and Oregon were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bovismorbificans. Twelve cases were linked to alfalfa sprouts sold by Sprouters Northwest, Inc., and one case was linked to Sunshine Sprouts. The sprouts were manufactured using alfalfa seed lot X3023. The seeds were subsequently recalled by Caudill Seed and Warehouse, Inc., and then by numerous other sprout growers in the United States. Additional cases were identified in the state of Maryland.

  • Outbreak began:
  • April 2004
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Oregon, Washington, Maryland
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home, Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Caudill Seed and Warehouse Lucerne Seed, Down to Earth Sprout Farm, Fuji , Northland Soy , Northland Soy Products Inc. , Perfect Sprouts, Rainbow Garden Kauai, Sprouters Northwest, Inc. , Sunshine Sprouts
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 35
  • 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:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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