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One of the largest E-COLI outbreaks was caused by sprouts, I have forgotten
which Type of sprout it was. Even though E-COLI is generally associated
with meat products, this sprout out break was called the largest ever in
>Date: Wed, 8 Sep 1999 10:14:17 -0700
>From: "Richard M. Swanson" <sharpy@xxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Broccoli Sprouts
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>My package of sprouts came with the following information:
>"The FDA recommends that seeds for sprouting be soaked for 5 minutes prior
>to sprouting in warm water of pH 6-7 with household bleach (%% sodium
>hydrochloride solution) at the rate of 1 oz. of bleach to 10 ounces of
>I have never done anything like that. Anyone any opinions?
>The rest of the directions are as follows:
>1. Soak 1-2 Tablespoons of seeds per quart of water for 6-8 hours.
>2. Drain away the soak water.
>3. Rinse seeds in fresh water and drain.
>4. Grow in dark space.
>5. Rinse and drain 2-3 times daily
>6. Sprouts ready in 4-6 days.
>Patty in AZ