Tainted Sprouts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Salmonella found in alfalfa sprouts appears to have sickened 23 people in 10 states, including one infant in Oregon, prompting a nationwide recall of the product.

The Oregon Department of Human Services announced the recall Friday. The sprouts were produced by Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., and sold in 18 states under several different label names. All Caldwell alfalfa products have been recalled.

William E. Keene, a senior epidemiologist at the Oregon health department, said Caldwell Fresh Foods is cooperating with an ongoing investigation. The sprouts were sold at certain outlets of Trader Joe's and Wal-Mart, among other retailers.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and others with weakened immune systems.

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