Not trying to say we warned you about sprouts…


…but we did. Just over a month ago, predicting the next food epidemic, I put the odds of a salmonella outbreak coming from sprouts at 3-1. Only the strawberry odds were higher. (Really any berry is a danger and give them time — most don’t come into season for another two months.) What makes sprouts the plant equivalent of a time bomb is their high moisture content and quick spoilage.

Sprouts have been the cause of salmonella before, and this time it’s hitting close to home. Five people from Northeast Kansas, including Lawrence, have come down with a strain of the disease. This strain is different from the one in peanut butter, and as of last week officials were discussing a possible link with Nebraska’s Sunsprout Enterprises, owned by CW Sprouts.

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