Make Our Food Safe

Editorial: "Safety Concerns Sprout up"

Atlanta Journal Constitution | Carolyn O'Neil

"Just when you thought you were doing a good thing for your health by adding more greenery to salads or sandwiches, food safety experts are cautioning against the consumption of raw sprouts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that a recent outbreak of illnesses caused by the bacteria E. coli O26 has been linked to eating raw clover sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants in six Midwestern states. While the current outbreak affects less than 20 cases, mostly women in their mid 20s, raw and lightly cooked sprouts have been associated with 30 outbreaks over the past 15 years affecting over 15,000 people, including dozens of deaths.

Last summer more than 50 people died from sprout-associated outbreaks of another strain of E. coli in Europe..."

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