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Wed., June 11, 2014, 3:25 p.m.

FDA finds problems at N. Idaho sprouts grower

Federal inspectors found numerous sanitation problems at a North Idaho sprouts grower linked to a recent E. coli outbreak.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspections in the last three weeks found rusty and corroded watering systems and corroded implements used in growing and harvesting sprouts at Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Moyie Springs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 17 people in Idaho, Washington and three other states were infected in the outbreak of E. coli O121. Eight of them were hospitalized.

The investigation indicates a strong link to raw clover sprouts from Evergreen, officials said. An FDA traceback analysis determined that the grower supplied sprouts to seven restaurants where nine of infected persons had eaten shortly before they became ill. Eight of them recalled eating sprouts. Full story. Scott Maben, SR

Bleh! How thoroughly do you wash your fresh fruits and veggies?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.