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Raw Clover Sprouts Linked to E. Coli in Washington, Idaho

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Washington state health officials are warning consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from an Idaho producer after an outbreak of E. coli cases. Washington state health officials are warning consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from an Idaho producer after an outbreak of E. coli cases.
OLYMPIA, WA - Washington state health officials are warning consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from an Idaho producer after an outbreak of E. coli cases.

Investigators say the sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC have lead to seven confirmed and three probable cases of E. Coli illnesses in Washington and Idaho. Four cases were reported in Spokane County, two in King County, and three in Kootenai County.

The sprouts were eaten in sandwiches at several food establishments including Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches in King and Spokane counties, as well as two Pita Pit locations in Spokane County, and Daanen's Dali as well as a Jimmy John's location in Kootenai County. Those restaurants have voluntarily suspended serving sprouts.

The producer also distributed sprouts around the northwest to other restaurants, as well as retail grocery stores.

“We advise people not to eat raw clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts until further notice,” said Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “If you have these products at home, you should throw them out.”

While the outbreak appears to be linked to clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts in Idaho, the source of the sprout seed hasn’t yet been determined and remains under investigation.

The type of E. Coli in this outbreak is
Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli. (STEC O121) It can cause bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and vomiting. It can sometimes result in severe, life-threatening illness and may be fatal.
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