|NEWS||Improving and Protecting the Health, Well-Being
and Self-Reliance of All Montanans.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2014
Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
DPHHS advises against eating raw Evergreen Fresh Sprouts-brand clover sprouts
The Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is joining the states of Washington and Idaho in advising people NOT to eat raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Idaho.
The sprouts have been linked to outbreak of ten illness of Escherichia coli, or E. coli, in Idaho and Washington. No confirmed cases have been reported in Montana at this time.
“Memorial Day weekend is a time people get together and eat, and enjoy the beauty of Montana. We are advising caution by urging folks not to eat these specific sprouts,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper.
The suspect clover sprouts were distributed to several restaurants and grocery stores in Montana. However, state and local public health authorities have been working to notify recipients and believe the sprouts are no longer available for the public to purchase and consume.
Montana public health officials are working with local health jurisdictions, as well as Washington, Idaho, and federal agencies to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Montana. DPHHS officials will provide additional information as the investigation progresses.
For more information about this developing situation, please visit www.dphhs.mt.gov.