At least 63 people in 10 states in the U.S. have reportedly been sickened with Salmonella due to the bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn, New York, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.
CDC said Wonton Food has issued a verbal statement that it was recalling the bean sprouts thought to be tied to the outbreak, and had contacted Asian restaurants and other establishments on the East Coast that received its product.Wonton Food
CDC said the bean sprouts distributed by Wonton Foods have been linked to Salmonella outbreak that has sickened people in New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The agency said, of the total number of victims, an estimated 26 percent have been hospitalized.
After being notified of the outbreak on Friday, Wonton Foods has voluntarily agreed to stop the production and sale of bean sprouts while efforts are made to prevent further Salmonella contamination.
CDC said Wonton Food has issued a verbal statement that it was recalling the bean sprouts thought to be tied to the outbreak, and had contacted Asian restaurants and other establishments on the East Coast that received its product.
The company said its last shipment of the product was November 18.
The first reported case was on September 30, 2014 and the latest reported illness onset to date was November 8, 2014.
Of the 37 people interviewed by health officials, 29 reported eating bean sprouts in the week before they fell ill.
In New Hampshire, the state Department of Health and Human Services said on Saturday that four residents have been affected by a Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods.
It added that the bean sprouts were consumed in restaurants.
There are at least two other reported outbreaks linked to bean sprouts this year. Last month, an outbreak from sprouts tainted with Listeria killed two people. Producer Wholesome Soy Inc. of Chicago did not issue a recall.
In May, Evergreen Fresh Sprouts never issued a recall when its sprouts were linked to an E.coli outbreak that sickened 19 people in six states.
This archive content was originally published November 23, 2014 (www.betawired.com)