While a recent Salmonella outbreak linked to consumption of bean sprouts appears to be over, the KFL&A area’s Medical Officer of Health is advising residents to cook bean sprouts before consuming them. Residents are being advised to ensure they properly cook the bean sprouts they purchase from grocery stores and markets, and restaurants in the area will only be able to serve thoroughly cooked bean sprouts.

This new advisory follows the directive given to local grocery stores and restaurants who were ordered to remove bean sprouts from sale and menus on November 23, 2005 after KFL&A Public Health established a link between raw bean sprouts and an outbreak of salmonella across the province. While there were 648 cases of Salmonella reported across the province, the KFL&A area had 24 confirmed cases of Salmonella during the recent outbreak.