The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 17 people have now been infected in an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 infection linked to the consumption of raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC of Idaho.
Cases linked to the outbreak have now been identified in Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Utah and Washington. Almost half of those affected have required hospital treatment, but none have developed potentially serious haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Epidemiological and traceback investigations by health officials have indicated that raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts are the likely source of the outbreak, but no recall has been initiated. CDC has therefore recommended consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from this producer.
An FDA inspection of the Evergreen Fresh Sprouts facility identified some unsanitary conditions, including dripping condensate and irrigation water, a corroded watering system and worn or inappropriate tools and utensils being used on site.
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