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VA Firm Recalls Soybean Sprouts for Possible Listeria Contamination

Food safety specialists from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are warning people not to eat Soybean Sprouts from Henry’s Farm Inc. of Woodford, Va.

The company is recalling all packages of soybean 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 products are being recalled by the firm:

1.    All clear, 1-lb. packages of Natto Soybean Sprouts. These products are labeled as produced by Henry’s Farm Inc. The packages were not coded.
2.    All clear, 2-lb. packages of bean sprouts. These products are labeled as distributed by Rhee Bros. Inc. of Columbia, MD. The packages were not coded.
3.    All bulk (approximately 10-lb.) black plastic bags of soybean sprouts. These products are labeled as produced by Henry’s Farm Inc. The packages were not coded.

These items were primarily distributed to Asian specialty grocery stores in Virginia and Maryland.

The contamination was discovered after sampling by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Safety & Security Program. Subsequent analysis by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the products. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Individuals who purchased soybean sprouts distributed by Henry’s Farm Inc. should return the product to the place of sale for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at (301) 802-2996 or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food Safety & Security Program, at (804) 786-3520.

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