A Nebraska company is recalling alfalfa sprouts after 15 people experienced salmonella poisoning and two others were hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are more than one million cases of salmonella poisoning in the United States every year with 83 percent attributed to food. At Newland & Newland, LLP, we believe that no one’s health or well-being should be put at risk by negligent safety practices.
SunSprouts Enterprises recalled some 1,406 pounds of raw alfalfa sprouts that were sold at restaurants and grocery stores in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas between November 2022 and late December 2022, with expiration dates through January 7, 2023.
The CDC is urging people not to eat the recalled alfalfa sprouts and to throw them away. They were sold in four-ounce clamshell packaging and larger packages of 2.5 pounds. If you come into contact with these sprouts, you should clean surfaces with soap and water.
Understanding Salmonella Poisoning Symptoms
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious or fatal infections in young children or frail people and they may require treatment at a hospital. Most healthy people who are infected with salmonella experience fever, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. If you experience any combination of these symptoms for more than three days, you need to see your doctor or go to the nearest healthcare facility immediately.
The symptoms usually begin six hours to six days after eating the contaminated food. Most people will recover in four to seven days. Infected persons who experience diarrhea typically recover fully, but it can take months before bowel movements are normal again. If you are infected with salmonella poisoning it is important to stay hydrated. It will likely be difficult because your body will not want to keep the water down. If this happens, you must seek immediate medical attention.
Severe Cases of Salmonella Food Poisoning
Salmonella can be serious in rare circumstances. When someone develops an infection, the organism can easily get into the bloodstream and trigger even more serious illnesses such as arterial infections and endocarditis. Additionally, the infection can trigger reactive arthritis, causing significant joint pain but also eye irritation and painful urination. This can last for months or even years, eventually becoming chronic arthritis.
Contact an Illinois Food Poisoning Lawyer
If you are sick due to salmonella poisoning you need an experienced Illinois salmonella food poisoning attorney who will look into who put you at risk through negligent safety practices. At Newland & Newland, LLP, we are dedicated to helping people who have fallen ill due to contaminated food. Call 312-981-0409 for a free consultation.