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Hold the sprouts! A new produce recall includes Colorado

Another day, another nationwide recall. This time around the blame is being placed on a usual suspect: alfalfa sprouts.

Three different name brands of sprouts have been deemed responsible for a recent salmonella outbreak that, at last count, had stricken at least one Colorado resident.

The affected brands -- Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature's Choice, and California Exotics -- are all manufactured by the California-based Caldwell Fresh Foods. All are widely available, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at Wal-Mart stores, among others.

Specifically affected, the FDA says are:

Caldwell Fresh Foods alfalfa sprouts - 4-ounce plastic cups and 1-pound plastic bags and in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with stickers affixed with the printed words "Caldwell Fresh Foods"

Nature's Choice alfalfa sprouts - 4-ounce plastic cups

California Exotics brands alfalfa sprouts - 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers. No other alfalfa sprouts are implicated in the outbreak.

As of last week, the FDA reports, less than two dozen illnesses -- and no deaths -- had been attributed to the outbreak. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control are investigating the outbreak.

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Jessica Chapman
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