Thursday, May 22, 2014

E. Coli-Contaminated Sprouts Linked to North Idaho Producer

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

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Think twice about eating your veggies. 

A North Idaho producer of clover sprouts has been linked to an outbreak of E. coli, with seven confirmed cases of food-borne illness and three probable cases in Kootenai County in Idaho, as well as King and Spokane counties in Washington, the Spokesman-Review reports

The cases have been linked to raw sprouts served in sandwiches, and nine of the 10 reported victims of the illness reported falling ill about five days after eating the contaminated veggies.

Health officials in Washington announced what they believe is the source of contamination—Evergreen Fresh Sprouts in Moyle Springs, Idaho, near Bonners Ferry—but Panhandle Health District officials declined to identify the farm by name, saying that they have "circumstantial evidence" that points to a source of contamination but test results have yet to confirm a link between the outbreak and the farm.

Meanwhile, the farm's owner, David Scharf, told reporters he was disappointed with the investigation, saying that health officials acted on circumstantial evidence in connecting his farm to the outbreak, which he said "doesn't prove anything." 

"They're not being thorough," Scharf said.

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