Alfalfa-Linked Salmonella Spreads to 16 States

What it is: A plant in the pea family, the dried leaves of which are ground up and sold as capsules. What it's used for: To lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and to reduce the plaques caused by atherosclerosis. The risk: Increases the risk of bleeding associated with warfarin.
ATLANTA - An outbreak of salmonella that was tied to tainted alfalfa sprouts has grown to at least 94 cases in 16 states.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday said the case count had risen from 89 cases in 15 states in the past week, with California joining the list.

More than half the cases have been in Illinois. There have been no deaths.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised the public not to eat alfalfa sprouts produced by the Tiny Greens Organic Farm in Urbana, Ill., because of possible salmonella contamination. The warning issued Monday evening also includes a mix called spicy sprouts, which contains radish and clover sprouts.