November 1998 Issue

Health Food Staple Sprouts Trouble

Add alfalfa sprouts to the growing list of foods to be wary of. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory that people at most risk for food poisoning should avoid alfalfa sprouts because they might be tainted with E. colt O157:H7 or Salmonella. Both can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fever—life-threatening to high-risk people, such as children, the elderly and people with compromised immunity, such as those undergoing cancer treatment.

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