FDA: Preliminary Salmonella Link from Tiny Greens Brand Alfalfa Sprouts to Jimmy John’s Multi-State Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers in a Monday night warning not to eat Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts (which contain alfalfa sprouts mixed with radish and clover sprouts) from Tiny Greens Organic Farm of Urbana, Illinois because of possible salmonella contamination. The sprouts were distributed in 4 oz. and 5 lb. containers to various customers, including farmers’ markets, restaurants and groceries, in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and possibly other Midwestern states.

The FDA reports preliminary results of the investigation of a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections indicate a link to Tiny Greens alfalfa sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants.

Tiny Greens owner Bill Bagby Jr. claims not one sample of his product taken by health authorities has come back positive for salmonella contamination. Bagby is upset that the outbreak was linked to his greens when infections were reported in 15 states — many where he does not distribute sprouts. About 50% of the known cases occurred in Illinois. Food-related illnesses were first reported back on November 1, through December 21, 2010

FDA: Don’t Eat Tiny Greens Brand Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy Sprouts
Sprouts may contain Salmonella