Raw bean sprouts have been linked to 63 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infection. The bean sprout product was produced by Wonton Foods, based in Brooklyn, NY. According to CDC, about 1/4 of those infected have been hospitalized. The cases have been seen in 10 states, mostly in the Northeast and New England.
Bean and seed sprouts are considered high risk food items. While beans and seeds are normally sanitized prior to beginning the sprouting process, any remaining pathogens on the beans or seeds, such as Salmonella or STEC E. coli, can grow under the conditions that are used to allow the beans or seeds to sprout and grow.
There have been a large number of outbreaks related to sprouts (clover sprouts and E. coli - June, 2014, bean sprouts and E. coli, 2011, sprouts and Salmonella, 2011 to name just a few).
No recall was conducted because the product was past the shelf-life date.
CDC Outbreak Notice
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Bean Sprouts
Posted November 21, 2014 9:00 PM ET
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As of November 21, 2014, a total of 63 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 10 states.