A U.K. outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infection associated with contaminated bean sprouts is ongoing, although fewer new cases of illness are now being recorded.

The Health Protection Agency’s Centre for Infections (CFI) in Colindale has identified 204 cases of S. Bareilly in England, Wales (5 of the cases) and Northern Ireland (3 of the cases) since the beginning of August – nearly six times the number that the CFI would normally expect to see in that timescale.

Health Protection Scotland identified 21 cases in the same period.

Bean Sprout.jpgThat’s 225 confirmed sick people, up from 169 a month ago.

The Food Standards Agency advice is:

* “Bean sprouts should be cooked until they are piping hot unless they are clearly labeled as ready-to-eat.

* “As a precautionary measure it is advised that even bean sprouts labeled as ready-to-eat should be thoroughly cooked if they are to be served to young children, elderly people, people with impaired immune systems and pregnant women.

* “People who prepare meals in catering establishments and in the home should keep raw bean sprouts separate and apart from other salad produce, including bean sprouts that are labeled as ready-to-eat, to avoid the risk of cross-contamination.

•”If this advice is followed bean sprouts will be safe to eat.”