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Shuttered sprout grower issues Listeria-related recall

Henry’s Farm Inc. — shutdown March 3 after years of ongoing Listeria problems in its fresh sprouts and its facility in Virginia — issued a recall yesterday for soybean sprouts produced “on or after March 1.” The recall posted by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services does not mention the violations, warnings, recalls… Continue Reading

Deliberate act cannot be ruled out for Germany’s 2011 outbreak

Yes, the German E. coli O104:H4 was a pathogen of a high virulence that suddenly emerged, and that might point to an unnatural phenomenon. But might it have been a deliberate act? Or some kind of accident? To be sure, the 2011 outbreak centered on Northern Germany was large, severe, and deadly. Out of the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: 75 sproutbreaks later, fresh raw sprouts still not safe

Opinion

Thanks to my friends at Barfblog for keeping track of the Sproutbreaks over the last couple of decades. These outbreaks have been some of the largest and most deadly in the world. Now we are seeing two being reported in the United States in the last few weeks. A total of nine people infected with… Continue Reading

Jack & The Green Sprouts recalls sprouts because of E. coli investigation

The owner of Jack & The Green Sprouts Inc. is recalling the company’s alfalfa and alfalfa onion sprouts in response to state and federal investigations into an E. coli O157:NM outbreak. At least seven people in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin have been confirmed with the outbreak strain. Two of the Minnesota victims required hospitalization, according to state… Continue Reading

Good Seed Again Recalls Soybean, Mung Bean Sprouts for Listeria Risk

In the third such recall this year, Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, VA, is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Elaine Lidholm, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told Food Safety News on Tuesday that no… Continue Reading

Soybean and Mung Bean Sprouts Recalled for Listeria Risk

Good Seed Inc. is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company is recalling the following products, which were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina: 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts”… Continue Reading

Owners of Chicago Sprout Business Sign Consent Degree

A soy products manufacturer that agreed to close its doors last November after Listeria contamination at its Chicago facility was associated with several illnesses last summer has accepted a consent degree outlining conditions it must follow if it ever wants to get back in business. Julia and Paul Trinh, individually and on behalf of Wholesome Soy… Continue Reading

Soybean and Mung Bean Sprouts Recalled in WA and OR for Listeria Risk

Kkot Saem Sprouts Inc. of Spanaway, WA, is voluntarily recalling Soybean Sprouts and Mung Bean Sprouts sold under the brand names Kkot Saem, Winter Blossom Bean Sprouts, and Winter Blossom because the sprouts may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products were distributed at H-Mart in Washington and Oregon, and G-Mart in Oregon. The last date… Continue Reading

Part 2: Are Raw Sprouts Safe?

Opinion

(This article, focused on growers, is by Julia Darnton and Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension. It was originally posted here on Dec. 16, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 1, focused on consumers, can be found here.) In 2011, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts in the United States. This… Continue Reading

Part 1: Are Raw Sprouts Safe?

Opinion

(This article, focused on consumers, is by Julia Darnton and Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension. It was originally posted here on Dec. 16, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 2, focused on growers, will appear tomorrow.) In 2011, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts in the United States…. Continue Reading