The UK’s Food Standards Agency has warned consumers not to eat certain batches of Aconbury sprouted alfalfa products as they may be contaminated with salmonella.

Tests found the food poisoning bug present in organic alfalfa produced by Aconbury Sprouts. It is likely that people could have contaminated sprouted seeds at home because they have a shelf life as long as 28 July 2004.

Anyone who has any of these alfalfa sprouts is advised not to eat them because of the risk of food poisoning. Alfalfa sprouts are usually eaten uncooked in salads or sandwiches, and so people are unlikely to kill the bug through cooking.

Herefordshire-based Aconbury Sprouts supplies organic sprouted seeds nationwide. Most of the affected products are believed to have gone to health food shops, markets and small retailers, rather than major supermarkets. The FSA has asked local authorities to ensure they are removed from sale.

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