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FDA Warns Consumers Not To Eat Evergreen Produce Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa Sprouts (AP)

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WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) - The Garden State is one of five states with residents who may have gotten sick from tainted sprouts.

 The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts because they may be linked to 20 cases of salmonella poisoning.

The Idaho-based company has not recalled the sprouts though they are possibly linked to illnesses in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington state.

The FDA warned consumers not to eat sprouts labeled “Evergreen Produce” or “Evergreen Produce Inc.” The sprouts were distributed in Idaho, Montana and Washington state.

At least 47 people have died and 4,000 sickened in an outbreak of E. coli in Europe. FDA officials said the two outbreaks are not related.

There have been at least 30 outbreaks associated with raw or lightly cooked sprouts in the United States in the last 15 years.