More people sickened by contaminated sprouts
June 11th, 2014
05:30 PM ET
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Seventeen people in five states have been sickened by E. coli after eating clover sprouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's up from the 10 cases reported by the CDC in late May.

No deaths have been linked to the E. coli outbreak, the CDC says, but nearly half of those sickened were hospitalized. Three cases were identified in Idaho, one in Michigan, two in Montana, one in Utah and 10 in Washington state.

The CDC said the source of the E. coli outbreak is likely Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC of Idaho. Twelve of the patients whom health officials interviewed reported eating raw clover sprouts from the company in the week before they became ill.

Evergreen owner David Scharf told CNN affiliate KREM-TV that U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests from his farm came back negative for the strain of E. coli involved in the outbreak.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Thinking things through

    I sprout my own sprouts. Yes, there could be a problem but at least I'll only be blaming myself. AND I know what kind of precautions I take.

    June 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm |
  2. RichardHead

    Has anyone at the CDC taken a look at Jimmy Johns AGAIN-Anyone ?? crickets…..

    June 12, 2014 at 8:02 am |
    • RC @RH

      Aw crap! Just ate there yesterday. They were out of crickets.......

      June 12, 2014 at 10:42 am |
  3. RC

    Another reason not to eat those disgusting things.
    Leave the clover for the rabbits.

    June 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm |
    • AleeD® @ RC

      Aw c'mon. That pic doesn't look like wiggly white worms with green heads and brown, uh, leftovers at all! Go ahead. Snack on a handful.

      June 12, 2014 at 7:04 am |
      • RC @AleeD®

        Blech! Clover, bean, alfalfa.....they're all gross.

        June 12, 2014 at 10:39 am |
        • AleeD® @ RC

          Is it the texture, the flavor? Just curious.
          Ever tried wheat grass juice?

          June 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm |
        • RC @AleeD®

          Definitely the taste. Tastes bitter to me, especially bean sprouts.
          That's a negative on the wheat grass juice. Is that the nasty looking green stuff at juice/health bars?

          June 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
        • AleeD® @ RC

          I don't know about nasty looking, but it's a ... unique flavor. If you licked the bottom of your lawn mower, minus the metal & oil flavors, that's exactly what wheat grass tastes like. I was doing a shot of it each day for about 2 years. You get used to that "fresh grass clippings" flavor after about 4 shots.

          June 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm |
        • RC @AleeD®

          Now THAT'S what I want to do. Lick my lawnmower indeed.......
          Helluva description though :)

          June 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm |
        • Thinking things through

          I have yet to try wheat grass, so no opinion on that one, but I love broccoli, daikon/radish, and clover sprouts. And mung bean sprouts in stir fries. I mostly grow my own (except the mung bean ones, since i cook those).

          June 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm |
      • RichardHead@My 'Sista

        You've got a dandelion growing out of your ear…..

        June 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm |
        • RC @RH

          He he.

          June 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm |
    • Ally

      But there are so many different flavors of sprouts! You can sprout beans, seeds, nuts...some are quite sharp tasting and others are mild. :) I know it's not for everybody, but getting a kit and doing it yourself is so much less expensive and less dangerous for contamination than buying them in a store.

      I use products from sproutpeople dot org.

      June 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm |
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