CDC Alert: Mung Beans Sprouts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Alert - Mung Beans Sprouts

EH&S Environmental Public Health is forwarding a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding consumption of bean sprouts that may still be available and have been associated with several cases of Salmonella in Massachusetts and other states:

CDC: Advice to Consumers and Retailers - Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Bean Sprouts

Consumer Advice

The information available to date indicates that bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. may be contaminated with Salmonella and are not safe to eat. As of November 21, 2014, the firm has verbally agreed to voluntarily stop the production and sale of their bean sprouts.

The CDC recommends that consumers do not eat bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. at this time. Contact your health care provider if you think you may have become ill from eating sprouts.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12 hours to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria: Diarrhea, fever, and/or abdominal cramps.

Always practice food safety for sprouts. Sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness. Children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).

Cook sprouts thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Cooking sprouts thoroughly kills the harmful bacteria.