The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update on an outbreak of E. coli O121 infection linked to consumption of raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Idaho.
Since the outbreak began in early May a total of 18 confirmed cases in five states have been reported. CDC says that 44% of those affected have required hospital treatment. However, although the epidemiological evidence has established a link with raw clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts and an FDA inspection of the production facility found unsanitary conditions on site, the company has not recalled the product from the marketplace.
The update reports that Evergreen Fresh Sprouts is still producing and distributing sprouts grown from the same lot of seeds associated with the outbreak and CDC is concerned that sprouts grown from these seeds represent a risk to human health. Both the FDA and CDC have met with the company to advise them of their concerns and have been assured that use of this seed lot will be discontinued.
The investigation into this outbreak is on-going and more information can be found here.