Several certified organic sprouts products sold at Price Chopper and Stop & Shop Specialty Farms brand organic alfalfa sprout and organic sprout salad, and Stop & Shop Nature's Promise organic alfalfa sprouts and organic zesty sprouts are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced. The recall was expanded July 30.
Listeria Monocytogenes is an infectious organism that can cause high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea even in health people. Those particularly susceptible include those with compromised immune systems, the very young or elderly, and pregnant women; severe reactions can include miscarriages, stillbirths.
Recalled organic sprouts and sprout salads were sold in 4-ounce plastic containers in Price Choppers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont (distributed by Cooseman's NY), and have a sell-by date of 7/26/2010 or 8/3/2010:
Recalled organic sprouts were also sold under the Stop & Shop Nature's Promise brand in 4-ounce plastic containers and 8-ounce plastic resealable bags (pictured) with sell-by dates of 8/1/2010 at stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Consumers should go to back to Price Chopper or Stop & Shop to request a refund, or contact Specialty-Farms, LLC with questions at 203-366-6919 (9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET).
This is the second food safety problem affecting fresh sprouts this year. This spring, dozens of people were sickened by Salmonella contamination of Caldwell Fresh Foods alfalfa sprouts.
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