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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?

Safe to go back in the water: DEQ lifts E. coli warning for Sandy Point

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has lifted its E. coli contamination warning for Sandy Point Beach recreation area at Lucky Peak, saying bacteria levels have dropped and it's now safe to go in the water. The no-swimming warning has been in place since July 8. DEQ said in an announcement, "Sampling now shows that E. coli is no longer a threat to public health. Routine monitoring will continue and, if E. coli levels increase above standards, the public will be informed."

E. coli found at Sandy Point, no swimming or wading

An unpleasant announcement on this sunny Friday from the Idaho DEQ: High levels of E. coli bacteria have been identified at Sandy Point Beach below Lucky Peak Dam, a popular swimming area and park. Warning signs have been posted; there's no swimming or wading until the dangerous bacteria levels abate. You can read the DEQ's announcement here; it recommends Barclay Bay Beach or Robie Creek Beach on Lucky Peak Reservoir as alternate locations, but Barclay Bay is closed tomorrow morning, from 6 a.m. to noon, for the swimming portion of the Spudman triathlon.

INW: E. coli Sickens Lutherhaven Crew

Daniel Ehrlick listens to the jury after he was found guilty Thursday at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise. The jury took just 2 hours to reach their decision. Ehrlick was found guilty of first-degree murder of 8-year-old Robert Manwill in July 2009. He is scheduled for sentencing in September. More photos here. And: Statesman story here. (AP/Statesman photo: Chris Butler)