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Raw Sprout Safety
Raw sprouts (alfalfa, clover, etc.) are known to carry the harmful bacteria E. coli and salmonella because the moist conditions that sprouts need to grow are, unfortunately, also perfect breeding grounds for bacteria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise all sprouts, alfalfa, clover, radish and other sprouts not only be washed, but also thoroughly cooked before eating to destroy bacteria.
The CDC also recommends high-risk individuals like pregnant women, young children, older adults and people whose immune systems don't function normally avoid sprouts altogether.
If you eat sprouts raw, reduce your risk of food poisoning by buying sprouts fresh with the buds on; refrigerate them to slow bacteria growth and wash them under cold, running water.
To learn more about food safety, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
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Reviewed July 2013