You might want to think twice about eating your Thanksgiving leftovers if they contained bean sprouts. A salmonella outbreak has sickened five people in the New York area and 63 people in other states since September and FDA investigators have traced the bacteria back to bean sprouts from a Brooklyn-based company. Wonton Foods, an Asian food product distributor, has been identified as the source of the sickening sprouts.
The company, located in East Williamsburg, has agreed to stop shipping its bean sprouts at the behest of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and federal health officials are warning people to avoid Wonton brand sprouts until further notice. No other food product from the company has been linked to the outbreak.
So far, five people in the New York area have been affected by the outbreak along with 63 people ranging from 1 to 83 years of age living in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Eleven people have people have been hospitalized so far.
Symptoms from salmonella bacteria include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food.