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Published On: Tue, Jan 29th, 2013

Possible Listeria contamination prompts sprouts recall in the northwest

Kent, Washington company,  Sprouters Northwest, announced Monday that they are recalling nearly 2,000 pounds of various sprouts after surveillance sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed that two samples collected at retail locations were tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to an FDA Firm Press release Jan. 28.

The affected products are sold under the Sprouters Northwest brand and are packaged in plastic clamshell containers and plastic 1 lb bags.

The affected products in this recall include Clover Sprouts in 5 ounce containers with best by date of 1/26/13 and UPC number 0 33383 70235 3; Clover Sprouts in 1 pound bag with best by date of 1/26/2013 and UPC number 0 79566 12351 5; Clover Sprouts in 2 pound tray with best by date of 1/26/2013 and UPC number 0 79566 12351 5, and Clover Sprouts in 4 ounce containers with best by date of 1/26/2013 and UPC number 8 15098 00201 6.

In addition, other sprout products include  Brocco Sandwich Sprouts in 4 ounce containers with best by date of 1/26/2013 and UPC number 8 15098 00028 9; Spicy Sprouts in 4 ounce container with best by date of 1/26/2013 and UPC number 8 15098 00202 3; Alfalfa Sprouts in 4 ounce container with best by date of 1/31/2013 and UPC number 8 15098 00108 8; and Alfalfa Sprouts in 3 ounce container with best by date of 1/31/2013 and UPC number 8 51042 00402 6.

The products were sold from 1/10/13 to 1/18/13 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada through retail stores and food service distribution chains.

There is no word on if any illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of these products.

Public domain image/Kwantonge at the wikipedia project

Public domain image/Kwantonge at the wikipedia project

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem.  The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

Consumers should not consume the recalled sprouts products and are advised to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at             1-253-872-0577       from 7AM to 2PM PST.

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