June 24, 2011 in Idaho, Region

Salmonella cases may be linked to sprouts grown in North Idaho


Alfalfa sprouts grown in North Idaho may be to blame for an outbreak of salmonella in the Inland Northwest, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said today.

Idaho public health officials are investigating 19 cases of salmonella reported in Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana linked to alfalfa sprouts grown at Evergreen Produce in Moyie Springs, Idaho.

Six of those infected with the salmonella bacteria reported eating sprouts from the North Idaho grower.

Health officials advise people to avoid eating sprouts from Evergreen Produce until the investigation is complete. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting and fever, and develop between one and five days after eating contaminated food.

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