Alfalfa sprout recall issued due to Listeria

Alfalfa sprouts recalled due to Listeria.Specialty Farms is recalling several lines of alfalfa sprout products because they could be contaminated with the dangerous organism Listeria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

This is the second round of recalls of sprouts from Specialty Farms in a week. Last week, the Bridgeport, Conn.-based grower issued a warning involving products with "Best by" dates prior to July 27. The latest announcement includes dates of Aug. 1 and Aug. 3.

The sprouts were sold at supermarkets throughout the Northeast including Stop & Shop and Price Chopper. Stop & Shop sold the sprouts under the Natures Promise brand. The FDA said the sprouts were distributed to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Pennsylvania.

Specialty Farms branded sprout products subject to the recall include Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend and Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Salad. Natures Promise brand products subject to the recall include Organic Alfalfa Spouts and Organic Zesty Sprouts.

Listeria can cause serious and potentially fatal infections in young children, the frail, elderly or those with weak immune systems, the FDA said. Healthy people could suffer high fevers, headaches, nausea and other gastric distress. Also, Listeria can cause miscarriages or stillbirths.

Laboratory analyses found Listeria in the products that were sold at the retail level. No illnesses have been connected to the recall, the FDA said.

"Specialty-Farms, LLC is currently in the process of determining exactly where this potential (Listeria) contamination could be occurring in its facility and is immediately remedying the potential sources as they are identified," the FDA said in a statement. "Specialty Farms, LLC hopes to return to full sprout production soon."

If you have the recalled sprouts, bring them to the place of purchase for a refund. If you have questions, call Specialty-Farms weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time at (203) 366-6919.
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