Sprouters Northwest Inc. is recalling 2-, 3-, and 5-pound trays of sprouts sent to various institutions, the FDA said. The agency said 12 cases of Salmonella Bovismorbificans infection possibly linked to consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts have been reported. The FDA repeated its standard warning that raw sprouts may pose a health risk. People at high risk for serious complications of foodborne disease, and people who simply want to reduce their risk of foodborne illness, should not eat raw sprouts, the agency said. People at risk for complications include children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Jun 3 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108307.htm The agency said it is working with state officials and the company to determine the cause of the problem and possible steps to correct it. Food service operations that have the recalled product should not use it and should contact the company at 253-872-0577, officials said. S Bovismorbificans is rarely seen in the United States but can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immunity, the FDA said. People who have experienced fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain after eating raw sprouts should contact their physician or the local health department, the FDA advised. Jun 4, 2004 (CIDRAP News) A firm in Kent, Wash., is recalling raw alfalfa sprouts because they may be linked with a recent increase in Salmonella infections in Washington and Oregon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday. See also:
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While many people in Iran’s capital are taking advantage of loosened COVID-19 controls, some worry about a new spike in infections in what remains the Middle East’s deadliest virus epicenter. “The line of fools,” muttered shopkeeper Manouchehr, peering disdainfully at a queue of customers outside a foreign currency dealer in the Sadeghieh district of western Tehran.Many in the long line stood close to one another and did not wear masks. Topics : ‘Endangering our lives’ The capital’s streets, bazaars and malls are now bustling after being nearly deserted for weeks.Milad, a shopkeeper in a mall, was conflicted about the easing of movement restrictions.”All these customers coming in will endanger our lives — us who are forced to come” to work, he said.The mall gets very busy in the evenings, noted the 22-year-old, who did not wear any protective equipment.The COVID-19 respiratory disease has killed 6,640 people in Iran since the first two fatalities were reported in the city of Qom on February 19, according to authorities.Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi has called Tehran the country’s “Achilles heel” in the fight against the virus.Its eight million residents are densely packed together and the capital is a magnet for hundreds of thousands of workers from other provinces. The government moved to ease restrictions even as Tehran remained at red, the top level of its color coded risk scale.Schools, universities, cinemas and stadiums remain closed for now. A traffic policeman told AFP such queues have appeared regularly ever since the money changers re-opened. People rarely observe basic anti-contagion protocols, he complained.The government began paring back coronavirus controls outside Tehran a month ago, arguing that the economy — already sagging under punitive US sanctions — needed to get back to bare bones operations.It allowed small businesses to reopen in the capital a week later, before permitting malls to welcome customers on April 21 and barbers on Wednesday.At 802, declared daily infections in Iran on May 2 had reached their lowest level since early March. ‘Life costs money'”People being careful made infections drop, but as soon as the disease was deemed less of a concern, we saw cases grow,” said Masoud Mardani, an infectious disease expert at the health ministry.The rise is “partly due to the reopening and people going out shopping,” he told the semi-official ISNA news agency, while also citing an increase in travel in Tehran province.Health officials have vowed to re-impose stringent measures if cases continue to climb, and have already done so in the southwestern Khuzestan province.But many Iranians remain adamant that they have to work to avoid financial ruin.”Life costs money,” said Hamed. “People have to go to work since this virus has been with us for about three months now.” The 22-year-old was among those out on the streets without a mask, deeming such protection “largely ineffective”.He had travelled over 150 kilometers from Qom to Tehran for banking business for the private firm that employs him.It is a trip he has to undertake every few days and says he cannot refuse for fear of losing his job.A few streets away, pedestrians were shopping for fresh vegetables and dried fruit — mostly women or older men, but this time, mainly in masks.”I think maybe only half the people follow health protocols” across the capital, said Zahra, a 30-year-old accountant. “Either people don’t care or don’t have the patience” to wear a mask, she said.Mohammad, a former building contractor, complained that masks were expensive and in short supply. A disposable surgical mask can cost from 49,000 rials (30 US cents, using the unofficial rate) to 10 or 15 times that amount for the better quality durable coverings.”They should have given them to people for free,” said the mask-less 58-year-old.But Mohammad’s biggest gripe was overcrowding on buses, where red crosses marked on half of the seats to ensure social distancing are routinely ignored. But this critical daily number has since begun resurging, breaching 1,500 on Saturday and, the following day, taking the total number of confirmed infections beyond 107,000.”The situation should in no way be considered normal,” said health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, who warned of “a critical situation” in parts of the country.In the capital, a member of the virus taskforce warned that current health protocols could not contain the spread of the illness in Tehran.”With businesses reopening, people have forgotten about the protocols,” Ali Maher told ISNA news agency, adding that “maybe it was too soon” to return to normal life.