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Food Poisoning Alert: Sprouts Recall

In a nutshell: Recalled sprouts on both the East and West coasts have been expanded because of Lm and salmonella,  respectively.

From FDA press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Los Angeles Calco of Arcadia, CA is recalling their Los Angeles Calco brand of Alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

Product was distributed to three cash and carry wholesalers in California:

Brostoff Celle.  1601 E Olympic Blvd # 505, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tel: 213-623-5263
Banana Company :  1601 E Olympic Blvd. # 325, Los Angeles, CA 90021 
Tel: 213-327-2188
Ingardia  :  2120 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 90021
Tel: 949-645-1365

Products are packaged in 4 ounce, clear flexible clam-shell plastic containers. Containers are 4 x 4 x 4 inches cubic plastic boxes and have perforated bottom (9 holes, about 1/4 inch in diameter each).

Products have the label on top with characters in green, identifying the product by the name: Alfalfa Sprouts, and name and address of Distributor (Los Angeles Calco, Inc.), and Sell By Dates: April 23, 2009 and May 2, 2009.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Los Angeles Calco is recalling because routine testing detected Samonella in alfalfa sprouts.  Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Consumers with the above symptoms should consult their physician.

Consumers who have purchased Los Angeles Calco Alfalfa Sprouts are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (626) 930-1988.

From FDA press release earlier in the month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Amalgamated Produce, Inc. is extending its recall of April 9, 2009 to include one additional product, labeled as either Specialty Farms Organic Crunchy Sprouts or Organic Crunchy Pea Mix, as noted below.  These items all have a sell-by date from 3/31/09 through 4/27/09 and are net weight 4 ounces in plastic containers:

Specialty Farms
 Organic Crunchy Sprouts
Specialty Farms
 Organic Crunchy Pea Mix
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The above items are all in plastic containers.

These sprouts are being recalled because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). Lm is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others 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.

Amalgamated Produce, Inc. voluntarily recalled sprouts April 9, 2009 after laboratory analysis found positive results. The press release for this recall is available at the following link:

All products produced by Amalgamated Produce, Inc. under the brand names Specialty Farms, Vermont Sprout House, and BroccoSprouts with a sell-by date 5/1/09 and beyond are not included in this recall.

Products have been distributed in the following states: NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, ME, MD, PA and Delaware.

API is currently in the process of determining exactly where this potential Lm contamination could be occurring in its facility and is immediately remedying the potential sources as they are identified. API hopes to return to full sprout production soon.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the point of purchase for refund and may contact API with questions at (800)358-3808 between the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST.

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