Saturday, June 11, 2011

At least 30 Reported Foodborne Illness Outbreaks With Sprouts Over Last 15 Years

From the federal government website
Since 1996, there have been at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with different types of raw and lightly cooked sprouts. Most of these outbreaks were caused by Salmonella and E. coli.
The primary reason so many outbreaks of e coli and salmonella outbreaks are associated with bean sprouts, according to is:
Unlike other fresh produce, seeds and beans need warm and humid conditions to sprout and grow. These conditions are also ideal for the growth of bacteria, including Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli.
Furthermore, the federal government regularly warns the elderly, the young and pregnant women not to eat sprouts:
Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).
In Germany, the death toll from the current case of tainted organic bean sprouts infected with a virulent strain of e coli has risen to 33 with thousands ill and over 700 suffering from related kidney failure.

Shouldn't we ban restaurants from serving raw bean sprouts? Or at least require restaurants to post warnings that food is prepared where raw bean sprouts are used? Or require restaurants to warn patrons if an item, such as a sandwich or pre-prepared salad, contains raw bean sprouts? Or require a notice on the menu that raw beans sprouts may be contaminated with e coli and salmonella?

1 comment :

  1. A proper food hygiene training will help prevent food borne illness outbreak globally, and also helps in promoting proper preparation and safety of foods that people consume.