The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked an E. coli outbreak to an Idaho farm that distributes its products to regional restaurants.
According to the CDC, as of June 9, a total of 16 persons have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli: three in Idaho, one each in Michigan, Montana and Utah, and 10 in Washington. Nearly half of those infected required hospitalization.
Initial investigations indicated "a strong link" to eating raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Moyle Springs, Idaho. The spouts were eaten in sandwiches at several food establishments, including Jimmy John's, Pita Pit and Daanen's Deli.
The FDA traced the sprouts to Evergreen in the time frame prior to the outbreak. By the time of the investigation, Evergreen said it had ceased the production of clover sprouts.
Health officials are advising consumers not to eat any raw clover sprouts from Evergreen, and if they have the sprouts at home, to throw them away.