Salmonella-Tainted Sprouts Traced to Urbana Farm

By Courtney O'Callaghan
|  Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010  |  Updated 7:30 PM CDT
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A farm in Urbana, Ill., is being eyed as the root of a recent outbreak of salmonella in alfalfa sprouts.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised the public Monday evening to not eat alfalfa and spicy sprouts produced by Tiney Greens Organic Farm because of possible salmonella exposure.

Within the past week, outbreak of salmonella related illness cases has grown from 89 cases in 15 states to 94 cases in 16 states nationwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak has affected at least 46 people in Illinois, many cases linked to Jimmy John’s restaurants in Champaign, Cook, Kankakee, McHenry and Will and other counties.

Talk of salmonella has not stayed out of the news for long. Most recently an outbreak of the bacteria was discovered at an Iowa egg farm in August, causing more than 2,000 people nationwide to get sick.

The outbreak resulted in a recall of 32-million dozen eggs cartons, and as of July the FDA administered new rules for egg safety.

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