Salmonella outbreak sparks nationwide alfalfa sprout recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced an urgent nationwide recall of raw alfalfa sprouts blamed for a salmonella outbreak in 10 states that has sickened nearly two dozen people.

The alfalfa sprouts, which the FDA says are being recalled by Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., were distributed to a variety of restaurants, delicatessens and retailers, including Trader Joe's and Wal-Mart. No other sprout producers have been implicated in the outbreak. Anyone who has purchased Caldwell Farms sprouts should return them to the place of purchase for a refund and disposal.

The recalled sprouts are labeled and packaged as follows:

  • Caldwell Fresh Foods: 4-ounce plastic cups and one-pound plastic bags, and 2-pound and 5-pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with sticker affixed with the printed words "Caldwell Fresh Foods"

  • Nature's Choice: 4-ounce plastic cups

  • California Exotics brands: 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers