Jack and the Green Sprouts Recall Sprouts for E. Coli
The owner of Jack and the Green Sprouts, Inc. located in River Falls, WI. has issued an immediate recall of alfalfa and alfalfa onion sprouts due to possible E. coli.
Details of the Jack on the Green Sprouts Recall
The company has released a statement on their Facebook page regarding the recall stating, “Out of abundant caution we are voluntarily recalling alfalfa and alfalfa onion sprouts.”
Although the contamination and testing does not directly point at Jack and The Green Sprouts, Health Officials are warning consumers not to consume any alfalfa sprouts that are produced by Jack and The Green Spouts at this time as E. coli can cause serious illness.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Jack and The Green Sprouts were packaged inside a plastic clamshell with a colorful round label that displays the variety on top, although some alfalfa sprouts could be mixed with the same package as the other sprout varieties.
Jack & The Green Sprouts distribute throughout the upper-Midwest with the possibility of other states as well. Locations could include grocery/cooperative stores, restaurants, salad bars and commercial food service.
E. Coli Spreads Across Multiple States
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified at least seven cases with E. coli O157:NM with two hospitalization. Two individuals in Wisconsin were also infected with the same strain of virus but were not hospitalized.
The FDA is determined to find the source of the outbreak. Minnesota officials and Jack and The Green Sprouts are cooperating with investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Wisconsin Department of Health, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and the Trade and Consumer Protection (WIDATCP).
Symptoms of E. Coli
Symptoms of E. coli 0157 usually develop within two to five days after exposure. These symptoms include stomach cramps and diarrhea often with bloody stools, either with a low -grade or no fever. These symptoms may last between one to eight days.
Although some E. coli 0157 infections could lead to something more serious such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which could ultimately lead to kidney failure or other complications or even death. The most at risk for these type complications stemming from E. coli 0157 are young children under the age of 10 and the elderly those who have weaker immune systems.
Anyone who develops diarrhea that may be associated with E. coli should NOT be treated with anything other than what their health care provider advises or prescribes as doing so could risk developing HUS. Anyone that thinks they may have been infected with E. coli is strongly advised to contact their health care provider immediately.