Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Sprouts Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

A Florida-based company is recalling 433 cases of alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Leasa Industries Co. of Miami, FL issued the voluntary recall Wednesday after testing by a buyer revealed the presence of Salmonella on the company’s Living Alfalfa Sprouts.

The product subject to recall is sold in 6 oz. plastic containers bearing the label “LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts.” Packaging bears a UPC code of 75465-55912, located on the side of the label that wraps around the container. It is also marked with an expiration date of 7/2/12, located on the side of the plastic container itself.

The company’s alfalfa sprouts are sold to retailers and to food distributors, but the recall notice does not specify where the affected sprouts were distributed.

The company’s website says that “major clients include Publix Supermarkets, Winn-Dixie Stores, Wal-Mart Supercenters, Sedanos Supermarkets [and] Sysco Food Service,” although the recall notice did not say which if any of these companies may be carrying the recalled product.

Customers who purchased the recalled sprouts are urged to dispose of them in the trash. All grocery stores, food services and other retailers who have LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts with an expiration date of 7/2/12 should remove the product from their shelves.

Customers with questions can call Leasa at 800-362-7669 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm EST.

No illnesses have been linked to consumption of these sprouts at this time.

“We are voluntarily conducting this recall and are working closely with the Florida Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration to assure all consumers that our products are safe,” said the company in its recall statement Wednesday.

This is the second time this year Leasa has recalled its Alfalfa sprouts for potential contamination with Salmonella. In January the company recalled 346 cases of sprouts that were distributed nationwide and known to have been sold at Winn-Dixie Stores locations.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Illnesses usually resolve themselves within a week, but complications can occur. Young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for more severe illness.

If you think you may have contracted a Salmonella infection, contact your healthcare provider.

© Food Safety News