Across the nation, there have been multiple sprout recalls due to links to Listeria or Salmonella.  On April 9, 2009, Amalgamated Produce, Inc. (API) of Bridgeport, Connecticut, announced a voluntary recall of a variety of its sprout products because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm or Listeria), an organism which can cause serious and even deadly infections in children, the elderly or others with weak immune systems.  On April 26, 2009, the FDA and the CDC warned consumers about alfalfa sprouts, finding a link between eating raw alfalfa sprouts and Salmonella serotype Saintpaul contamination.

Listeria Sprout Recall

API announced its Listeria sprout recall after a laboratory analysis by New York state health officials found a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes in a finished sprout sample.  In addition to the serious or fatal infections Listeria can cause in children or elderly people, listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.  Healthy adults may only suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.  The products included in the Listeria sprout recall by API included the following brands with sell-by date codes March 31, 2009 through April 27, 2009:

  • Specialty Farm Sprouts
  • Vermont Sprout House
  • Nature’s Promise
  • BroccoSprouts

API also recalled plastic bagged sprouts in a box with stickers identifying 5 pound bulk alfalfa, Julian dates 069 through 097.  The recalled sprouts were distributed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Salmonella Alfalfa Sprout Recall

Meanwhile, salmonella concerns have been linked to alfalfa sprouts throughout the country, resulting in Salmonella alfalfa sprout recalls.  On April 26, the FDA and CDC recommended that consumers not eat raw alfalfa sprouts, including sprout blends containing alfalfa sprouts, until further notice.  The agencies believe that seeds for alfalfa sprouts may be contaminated, which leads to widespread problems as these seeds can be sold across the country.  The April 2009 warning and effective alfalfa sprout recall was associated with six states – Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and West Virgina – that reported 31 cases of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul in alfalfa sprouts.  Most of those people also reported having consumed raw alfalfa sprouts.  Additionally, a number of companies have issued an alfalfa sprout recall due to possible salmonella contamination, including most recently a recall of Kowalke Organics sprouts of Culver City, California, on June 24, 2009.  This alfalfa sprout recall was announced by state health officials.

Salmonella Sprout Recall Symptoms

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections in children, elderly or frail people.  Salmonella symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  Salmonella poisoning may also in rare circumstances lead to more serious illnesses such as meningitis and bone infections.

Sprout Recall Lawsuits

On March 31, 2009, the first sprout recall lawsuit connected with the salmonella outbreak was filed in Omaha, Nebraska.  The lawsuit cited 121 confirmed cases of Salmonella illnesses throughout five states in February and March 2009 related to the sprout recall.  For more information about sprout recall lawsuits and side effects such as salmonella food poisoning and listeriosis, contact us today for a free and confidential sprout recall lawsuit, salmonella lawsuit or listeria lawsuit evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by