Sprouts with possible contamination recalled

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Various packages of sprouts are being recalled because of possible contamination of the listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

KTUU (http://is.gd/8eaEJp ) says Sprouters Northwest is recalling alfalfa, clover, brocco sandwich and spicy sprouts that were distributed between Jan. 10 and Jan. 18.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in young children and elderly or frail people, as well as individuals with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms including nausea, high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the sprouts were distributed in the state, but there have been no reports of illness.

Most of the packages have a "best by date" of Jan. 26. Alfalfa sprouts have a "best by date" of Jan. 31.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com

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