Salmonella threat to Vegans?

K N and P J Harris ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Sat Nov 30 14:41:56 EST 1996

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> Salmonella in sprouts (such as alfalfa sprouts used in sandwiches) has
> caused illness more than once.
> I don't know why the bacteria has an affinity for this product, or how
> it's introduced into the production process.
> Sue
Hi Sue,
Alfalfa (Lucerne to Brits) is a pretty common plant and very popular 
with livestock producers. This gives plenty of opportunity for seed to 
pick up Salmonella. It is a nitrogen (protein) rich substrate and when 
germinated for  sandwiches produces an exudate that is VERY suitable for 
a bug such as Salmonella. Seed germination may not always be carried out 
by people who are well versed in microbiology OR general food hygiene. I 
have often seen alfalfa (and more often "bean shoots" (mung bean 
usually)) products that were obviously past their "best buy" date and 
would not have touched them with a bargepole.
The bottom line is that veg/vegan foods are subject to just the same 
rules of potential food poisoning exposure as carnivorous foods. The 
moral attraction of vegetarian principles does not confer immunity to 
the basic laws of microbiology. Pity really,

Peter Harris,
Carnivore but veg sympathetic.

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