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Alfa Sprouts Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

Sprout_Front_412.jpgAlfa Sprouts Inc. of Honeoye Falls, NY is recalling approx. 100 lbs of Springwater Sprouts brand Organic Alfalfa Sprouts and bulk 3# Clover Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The following 2 products are being recalled by the firm.

Clear clam shell packages containing 4 oz. Organic Alfalfa Sprouts with a sell by date of 4/28/2012.

This product was distributed in New York State. Product label and UPC code noted below.

UPC Code 688267047411

UPC Code 042891000523

3# Bulk containers of Clover Sprouts, with a production code of P93. This product was distributed to institutional accounts in Upstate New York.

The contamination was discovered after sampling under the USDA Microbiological Data Program by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets inspectors and subsequent analysis by the New York State Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product. No illness has been reported to date.

  • Emily

    Oh brother, will this end up being the cantaloupe thing all over again? I certainly hope not. This is why growers of all sizes need regulatory supervision. I bet if you asked the AlfaSprout guys before being busted they would have claimed absolute safety, may have claimed they used GAP and would probably have assured us they operate under the flawless supervision of their organic certifier so nothing, nothing could ever, ever go wrong as long as they keep it small and organic. How much longer before we ban this silly organic sprouts nonsense altogether…and bring all food producers, regardless of size, under sensible regulatory supervision?