Alfalfa Sprout Recalled Due to Possible E. coli Contamination

Fullei Fresh voluntarily recalled Alfalfa Sprouts after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found a strain of E. coli in the fresh vegetables during an unannounced inspection.

The affected Fullei Fresh brand alfalfa sprout lot number is 336. The contaminated products were shipped to distributors and retailers in Florida between December 9-23, 2022.

The lot numbers are printed on the 4-ounce retail packs and on 5 lb. bulk cardboard boxes in the barcode, the last three digits of which are 336.

The company urges customers to discard the affected products if they are in their possession.

Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC.) found in alfalfa sprouts is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it, according to Fullei Fresh’s announcement.

Symptoms of the infection may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Some people may also develop a fever.

Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill and get better within 5 to 7 days. However, the disease may be dangerous to the elderly, children, and people with weakened immune systems.

About 5 to 10% of people who are diagnosed with STEC infection develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening complication.

The signs of HUS include extreme tiredness, decreased frequency of urination, and losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids.

People with suspected HUS should seek immediate medical help.

The company says STEC is a bacterial strain that is not part of routine microbial testing conducted in compliance with the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule Subpart M.

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