The Honeoye Falls, New York-based company Alfa Sprouts has initiated a recall of about 100 pounds of Organic Alfalfa Sprouts and Clover Sprouts. The former was available in see-through clam shell style packaging, while the latter was sold in 3# bulk containers. Both of the items encompassed by the recall are of the Springwater Sprouts brand.
During recent sampling carried out by New York State Department of Agriculture Markets inspectors, testers discovered the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, which was further confirmed by personnel conducting an analysis for the New York State Food Laboratory. Listeria monocytogenes are a danger because they have been known to produce serious and sometimes life threatening infections in individuals who suffer from weakened immune systems. Plus, pregnant women with a listeria infection can have a miscarriage, among other complications. Even healthy people are at risk of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
The alfalfa sprouts affected by the recall came in four ounce servings and contained a sell by date of April 28 of this year. Consumers should be on the lookout for UPC codes of 688267047411 and 042891000523 for that product. The bulk clover sprouts have P93 as their production code. Both products were only distributed in New York, although the clover sprouts were only dispensed to institutional accounts.
Alfa Sprouts is asking consumers to return the product to the location from which the item was purchased. These consumers can expect to receive a complete refund of the item. Anyone with questions is being directed to get in touch with Alfa Sprouts.