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Raw bean sprouts could lead to need for healthcare plan for salmonella

Published on 11/10/2010
It has been advised that people avoid eating raw bean sprouts as they could lead to a need for a healthcare plan to treat a certain form of salmonella.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that it has confirmed the link between contaminated bean sprouts and 141 cases of Salmonella Bareilly in the UK since August 1st.

Specialists at the HPA's Centre for Infections' Salmonella Reference Unit found that a strain of the disease isolated from a bean sprout sample is indistinguishable from samples taken from humans.

However, the organisation stressed that bean sprouts are still safe to eat as long as they are properly cooked.

"The risk is in eating raw or under-cooked bean sprouts," said Professor Qutub Syed, a director with the HPA's Local and Regional Services Division.

"The best advice is to follow the guidance on the packaging, but if there is any doubt or ambiguity about the instructions, cook the sprouts until they are piping hot."

Health experts advise those with symptoms of Salmonella to maintain their fluid levels and to make sure they wash their hands thoroughly to avoid spreading infection.
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