Watch Out for Sprouts
We think of raw sprouts as health food, because they're often served on so-called "healthy" sandwiches and salads. But they can harbor dangerous bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. Contaminated sprouts look the same as spouts that are safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has renewed warnings about the dangers of sprouts after a salmonella outbreak last year in California, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Investigators determined that the illness was caused by a batch of alfalfa sprouts.
People with weakened immune systems should avoid eating sprouts. These would include
- The elderly
- People with chronic conditions
To be safe, if you're not sure that the sprouts on your food have been washed and cooked, don't eat them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 11 January 2002.