FDA advises halting use of alfalfa sprouts

WASHINGTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week advised consumers to stop eating raw alfalfa sprouts and blends containing them until further notice because of possible salmonella Saintpaul contamination.

The advisory, overshadowed in some media coverage by the H1N1 flu outbreak, was issued after public health authorities linked consumption of such products in restaurants and homes to 31 illnesses in six states, the FDA said.

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