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Certain alfalfa sprouts may contain salmonella

June 17, 2013  By Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 17, 2013, Ottawa, Ont – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sunsprout Natural Foods are warning the public not to consume some varieties of Sunsprout and SproutsAlive brand alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The manufacturer – Sunsprout Natural Foods, Brantford, Ont. – is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact Glen Sinnamon at Sunsprout Natural Foods, at 403-227-0098 or email at

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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