5un8t.jpgThe California Department of Public Health today warned consumers not to eat Banner Mountain Alfalfa Sprouts because they might be contaminated with Salmonella.

Consumers should discard the sprouts or return them to the place of purchase. No illnesses have been associated with the Banner Mountain product at this time, according to the CDPH.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some people may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness. Routine surveillance samples of Banner Mountain Alfalfa Sprouts were found contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled alfalfa sprouts are packaged in four-ounce, clear, flexible, clamshell plastic containers with green labels containing sell by dates from September 7 to October 8, 2010.

CDPH recommends consumers who experience symptoms of Salmonella infection after consuming Banner Mountain Alfalfa Sprouts should consult their health care provider. Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report their findings to the CDPH toll free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.