FDA Concludes Major Sampling Study of Sprouts

In response to recent foodborne illness outbreaks linked to various types of sprouts, the FDA has completed a large-scale sampling study as part of its efforts to learn more about potential contamination in these products and protect consumers from disease-causing bacteria in sprouts.

Sprouts are especially vulnerable to pathogens given the warm, moist and nutrient-rich conditions needed to grow them. From 1996 to July 2016, there were 46 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness in the United States linked to sprouts. These outbreaks accounted for 2,474 illnesses, 187 hospitalizations, and three deaths.

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