FDA recalls organic alfalfa sprouts: Specialty Farms, Nature’s Promise alfalfa sprout recall

Specialty Farms and Stop & Shop’s Nature’s Promise organic alfalfa sprouts have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.

The FDA has issued a recall for the organic alfalfa sprouts sold at retail stores in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Although no illness have been reported to date, Specialty Farms is voluntarily recalling certain Alfalfa sprout products with a best if sold by date of “8/3/2010” and “8/1/2010” that has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes (LM).

This isn’t the first recall this year for alfalfa sprouts. In May, a recall was made for another brand of alfalfa sprouts distributed by Caldwell Fresh Foods for salmonella contamination. That recall was linked to multiple salmonella outbreaks in 10 states.

The following is information from the FDA press release for the recall of Specialty Brand organic alfalfa sprouts, including associated lot/UPC numbers:

Specialty-Farms, LLC is voluntarily recalling Specialty Farms brand Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend and Organic Sprout Salad, 4 ounces plastic containers, both have a best if sold by date of 8/3/2010.

Specialty-Farms, LLC is also voluntarily recalling Stop & Shop brand Natures Promise Organic Alfalfa Sprouts 4 ounce container and 8 ounce bag and Natures Promise Organic Zesty Sprouts 4 ounce, best if sold by date of 8/1/2010, as noted below.

Brand Item Description UPC
Specialty Farms Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend 509800108
Specialty Farms Organic Sprout Salad 8192400024
Brand Item Description UPC
Natures Promise Organic Alfalfa Sprouts (4 oz) 8826704741
Natures Promise Organic Alfalfa Sprouts (8 oz) 8826704102
Natures Promise Organic Zesty Sprouts (4 oz) 8826703903

Specialty-Farms, LLC voluntarily recalled sprouts on July 29, 2010 after laboratory analysis found positive results from retail samples. No illnesses have been reported.

All products dated 8/4/2010 and beyond are not included in this recall

Specialty-Farms, LLC 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. Specialty Farms, LLC hopes to return to full sprout production soon.

Returns/Refund Information

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the point of purchase for refund and may contact Specialty-Farms, LLC with questions at (203) 366-6919 between the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST.

What is Listeria Monocytogenes?

Listeria Monocytogenes 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, Lm infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.