Hundreds poisoned by bean sprouts in Canada

November 30th, 2005, 10pm EST -- Dr. Sheela Basrur, Ontario's medical officer of health said Wednesday 336 cases of salmonella poisoning have been identified so far. However, that number probably represents "the tip of the iceberg," he said, up substantially from the 20-25 cases normally reported per month at this time of year.
So far, 27 of the 36 regional public health units in Ontario have reported cases of illness that have been tracked back to the thin, white sprouts, which are often used in salads and Asian meals. ,
It is now estimated that up to 10 per cent of the Canadian population consumes fresh sprouts.

Since 1990, raw or slightly cooked sprouts have caused an estimated 2,166 illnesses, through 33 outbreaks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that sprout-link outbreaks account for 40 per cent of all food-borne illness associated with produce. MORE


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