By MARY CLARE JALONICK
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Salmonella found in alfalfa sprouts appears to have sickened 23 people in 10 states, including one infant in Oregon, prompting a nationwide recall of the product.
Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., announced the recall Friday. According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, which also announced the recall Friday, Caldwell's product was sold in 18 states in the West, Midwest and South. All Caldwell alfalfa products have been recalled.
William E. Keene, a senior epidemiologist at the Oregon health department, said Caldwell Fresh Foods is cooperating with an investigation. According to the company, the sprouts were sold at certain outlets of Trader Joe's, Wal-Mart, Kings Super Markets, Numero Uno, Cardenas Markets, Gonzales Northgate Markets, Jons Markets and Canton Foods.
The company said the recalled sprouts were sold in plastic cups and plastic bags under the Caldwell Fresh Foods brand, plastic cups under the Nature's Choice brand and plastic containers under the California Fresh Exotics brand.
The company said 11 of those sickened were in California. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and others with weakened immune systems. It can cause diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
Keene said this is the 12th outbreak in sprouts that has sickened Oregonians since 1995. He went as far as to warn against eating raw sprouts at all, saying anyone concerned with food-borne illness should be aware of the number of outbreaks.
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