Onion and alfalfa sprouts recalled

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning some Canadians not to consume certain varieties of onion and alfalfa sprouts because of possible salmonella contamination.

The recall affects the following products:

  • Sprouts Alive Baby Onion Sprouts that come in 70-gram packs and are identified by UPC number 0 69022 00032 0.

  • Sun Sprout Alfalfa & Onion Sprouts that come in 135-gram packs and are identified by UPC number 0 57621 13506 2.

The recalled sprouts were sold in Ontario, the Maritimes and possibly Quebec. They have best before dates up to and including Aug. 27, 2009.

The manufacturer, Sunsprout Natural Foods, has voluntarily recalled the affected products. There have been no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of any of the products.

The CFIA says food contaminated with salmonella may not smell different or look spoiled. Nonetheless, consumption of contaminated food may cause salmonellosis, a food-borne illness.

"In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections," the CFIA says in a release.

"In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea."

Those looking for more information can contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.