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CDC Warns Of Illness Outbreaks From Certain 'Healthy' Foods

CDC officials are warning people to avoid eating alfalfa sprouts after certain brands were linked to foodborne illnesses.
CDC officials are warning people to avoid eating alfalfa sprouts after certain brands were linked to foodborne illnesses. Photo Credit: Wikipedia/Buelldm

These days, even typically healthy foods come with warnings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing warnings about several potentially serious foodborne illness outbreaks of listeria, salmonella and E. coli that could have implications nationwide.

The warnings are on certain brands of alfalfa sprouts, packaged salads, organic shakes, and cheese.

A recall has been issued after a multistate outbreak of listeria in packaged salads produced at a Dole processing facility. Eighteen people have been sickened and one person died in Michigan, officials said.

In January and Feburary, Garden of Life, LLC expanded its recall of RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal chocolate, original, vanilla, and vanilla chai products because of potential contamination with salmonella, officials said. There have been 18 reported cases so far in 15 states, officials said, and four required hospitalization.

Earlier this week, Whole Foods Market announced a voluntary recall of Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese nationally due to possible listeria contamination. An Iowa lab found the contamination in certain products, but issued the recall for all of its stores, officials said.

CDC officials are also warning consumers to avoid alfalfa sprouts as they investigate two serious illness incidents. In one case, Kansas-based Sweetwater Farms recalled some of its alfalfa sprouts after they were linked to a salmonella outbreak in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. A total of 13 people were infected, officials said.

In another case, Wisconsin-based Jack and the Green Sprouts, Inc. is voluntarily recalling alfalfa and alfalfa onion sprouts as officials from the CDC and health departments investigate an outbreak of E. coli bacteria linked to the brand in the Midwest.

For tips on food safety and up-to-date recall and safety alerts, visit the government's food safety website .

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