Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Sprouts

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Sprouts

Raw bean sprouts from a New York City supplier are linked to a salmonella outbreak sickening 63 individuals from 10 states. Read on to learn why raw sprouts are particularly dangerous to eat.

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The recent salmonella outbreak is the third foodborne illness outbreak linked to raw sprouts this year, reports the Associated Press.

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Raw sprouts are particularly dangerous to eat because they grow in warm and humid conditions, where bacteria like Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli can thrive. Since 1996, more than 30 outbreaks involving raw or lightly cooked spouts have been recorded.

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To reduce your risk of foodborne illness, government regulators recommend cooking sprouts thoroughly and asking that raw sprouts not be added to your food at restaurants. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts entirely.

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A salmonella outbreak in 10 states has been linked to raw bean sprouts from a New York City supplier.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 63 individuals have been sickened by the contaminated produce, reports the Associated Press. From the end of September to the beginning of November, illnesses were reported from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The CDC found 78 percent of interviewees consumed bean sprouts or dishes with bean sprouts before falling sick, and Brooklyn-based supplier Wonton Foods Inc. was a supplier to many of the restaurants they had eaten at. Wonton Foods Inc. has voluntarily agreed to stop production at the moment.

Check out the slideshow above to learn why raw sprouts are particularly dangerous to eat.

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