Sprouters Northwest Inc. of Kent is recalling 2-, 3- and 5-lb. institutional trays of raw alfalfa sprouts sent to various food institutions because they may be linked to a recent increase in salmonellosis in Oregon and Washington, reports the Associated Press.

Twelve cases of Salmonella Bovismorbificans, possibly linked to the consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts, have been reported, the FDA said. FDA officials said they are working with state officials and the company to determine the cause of the problem and steps to combat it.