Oregon public health officials today are warning consumers about a nationwide recall of alfalfa sprouts produced by Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., and sold under several label names in Oregon.

Oregon public health officials today are warning consumers about a nationwide recall of alfalfa sprouts produced by Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., and sold under several label names in Oregon.

The sprouts have been identified as the cause of an outbreak of salmonellosis, an acute bacterial infection that causes diarrhea, fever and vomiting.

The recalled sprouts were packaged in 4-ounce plastic cups and 1-pound plastic bags under the Caldwell Fresh Foods brand; 4-ounce plastic cups under the Nature's Choice brand; 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers under the California Fresh Exotics brand; and 2-and 5-pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with a Caldwell Fresh Foods sticker. In Oregon, the recalled sprouts were sold at Trader Joe's, Walmart and possibly other locations, including restaurants and delicatessens.

The sprouts are being sold in at least 17 other states in the West, Midwest and South. To date, 23 people from 10 states, including one Multnomah County infant, have been found to have a strain of illness that matches the bacteria found on the sprouts. At least four of these people, including the Oregon child, were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Retailers and wholesalers that have any of the recalled sprouts should segregate them from other produce and contact their distributor or Caldwell at 323-589-4008 for additional information.

Restaurant and deli operators should check their stock immediately to identify and pull any of the recalled products, officials said.

— Staff reports