Go easy on the sprouts, especially if they haven't been cooked.
Enough already. Will the contamination of food we thought was healthy ever stop?
Turns out that alfalfa sprouts, practically the poster child for health foods, can make you sick. The Food and Drug Administration says you shoudn't eat sprouts from Tiny Greens Organic Farm of Urbana, Ill. Stay way from the company's organically grown alfalfa sprouts and its line of Spicy Sprouts, a mix that includes radish and clover sprouts.
The Tiny Greens sprouts have been "preliminarily linked," in the FDA's lingo, to a big outbreak of salmonella that has so far sickened nearly 100 people, mostly in the Midwest. See the map of cases put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
A Dec. 27 map of salmonella cases linked to sprouts.
A lot of the sickening sprouts made their way into sandwiches sold by the Jimmy John's chain. The FDA says the company isn't serving sandwiches with sprouts anymore in Illinois, where the majority of salmonella cases have been reported.
Separately, but also quite yuckily, a Texas company is recalling a whole lot of cilantro, parsley (the curly-leafed kind) and other produce after some tests found salmonella. The stuff is sold under the brand "Little Bear." J&D Produce, the distributor of the food, said it hasn't received reports of anybody getting sick from eating the potentially contaminated food.