Amalgamated Produce Sprout Recall Expanded

Last week we wrote about an Alfalfa Sprout recall over possible <"">Listeria monocytogenes Orlando rip Cliffhanger hd contamination involving Amalgamated Produce, Inc.’s (API), Specialty Farms, Vermont Sprout House, Nature’s Promise, and BroccoSprouts products. That recall has since been extended to include two types of Crunchy Sprouts.

The extended recall includes crunchy sprouts labeled either Specialty Farms Organic Crunchy Sprouts or Organic Crunchy Pea Mix with a sell-by date code from 3/31/09 through 4/27/09 and which are packaged in net weight four-ounce plastic containers. The products contain UPC 8192400061, noted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The prior recall notice concerned Specialty Farms, Vermont Sprout House, Nature’s Promise, and BroccoSprouts products with a sell by date code also from 3/31/09 through 4/27/09 and also packaged in net weight four-ounce plastic containers.

All of the recalled sprouts were sold in plastic containers, except for the Nature’s Promise eight-ounce organic alfalfa, which is packaged in a plastic bag. In addition, the recall includes five-pound bulk alfalfa sprouts, plastic bagged sprouts. The bulk sprouts were sold in boxes marked with a sticker identifying “5 pound bulk alfalfa, Julian dates 069 through 097.”

As with the initial recall, the expanded recall has been implemented over concerns the sprouts may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Amalgamated Produce, Inc. voluntarily recalled sprouts on April 9, 2009 after laboratory analysis found positive results for the Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

The FDA noted that 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.

The FDA also said that the recalled Amalgamated Produce products have been distributed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The FDA is advising consumers in possession of the recalled products to return them to the point of purchase for refund. API can be reached toll-free at 1-800-358-3808 between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. EST with any questions.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal Listeriosis 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, Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, as well as the birth of a baby suffering from the infection. Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of Listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy.

Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for an estimated 2,500 illnesses in the United States annually, with about 200 in every 1,000 cases resulting in death. Listeriosis can take days, even weeks, to develop and can present in anything from a mild flu-like illness to meningitis and septicemia.

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