Recall issued for sprouts sold in area groceries

Several varieties of sprouts from Sprouters Northwest of Kent are being recalled after salmonella cases were reported by residents of Benton and three other Washington counties.

The outbreak is believed to be tied to clover sprouts, including those in variety sprout packages with "best by" dates before Jan. 17. The sprouts were distributed to grocery stores and restaurants in the Northwest.

Packages being recalled include not only clover sprouts, but also clover onion sprouts, deli sprouts, spicy sprouts and brocco sandwich sprouts.

None of those sickened in Benton, King, Kitsap and Grays Harbor counties was hospitalized. Four people in Washington and two in Oregon were infected.

Salmonellosis can cause diarrhea, fever and vomiting starting one to five days after contaminated food is eaten.