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Minnesota company’s alfalfa sprouts causing foodborne illnesses, health officials say

ST. PAUL – Minnesota health and agriculture officials are investigating an outbreak of foodborne illness associated with alfalfa sprouts produced by Jack & The Green Sprouts of River Falls, Wis., and urged people not to eat the product.

The state health department said there seven cases of E. coli O157 in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin in January and early February from the sprouts.

The department said retailers and restaurants should not sell or serve the sprouts from the River Falls company and consumers should not eat them.

The individuals who got ill ranged in age from 18 to 84 In Minnesota. Four of the cases were in the Twin Cities, with three living in greater Minnesota. Two were hospitalized and all have recovered. The two people diagnosed in Wisconsin were not hospitalized.

There wasn’t one site for the exposure from the sprouts as people got sick from their products at a grocery store, restaurants, salad bar and through commercial food service.

The investigation is ongoing and the extent of the product contamination is unknown.

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