The manufacturer, R-Gang Sprouts of Windsor in
Sonoma County, has voluntarily recalled all of its sprout products because of the
potential for human illnesses.
The products are distributed primarily in Northern California to grocery stores,
delicatessens and wholesale distributors. The recall includes all containers and all sizes
labeled as R-Gang Sprouts of Windsor, California.
Sprouts have repeatedly been linked to outbreaks of E. coli 0157 and Salmonella
infections. E.coli 0157:H7 infections cause diarrhea and fever. Although most healthy
adults can recover completely within a week, some individuals can develop a form of kidney
failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young
children and the elderly. This condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.
Individuals who have consumed sprouts and develop severe symptoms should contact
Sprouts are of concern for several reasons:
- Sprouts generally are eaten raw with no additional treatment, such as cooking,
which eliminates bacteria that can cause disease.
- Conditions required for sprout growing are ideal for rapid bacterial growth.
- Consumers may be unknowingly exposed to sprouts on sandwiches or salads purchased
at restaurants and delicatessens.
"High-risk" individuals, including the very young, the elderly
and individuals with compromised immune systems, should avoid eating raw sprouts until
methods are implemented to improve their safety. DHS officials reiterated their warning
that sprouts should not be served in day care centers, school lunch programs, nursing
homes and hospitals.
Consumers who purchased the recalled sprout products should discard or return
them to the place of purchase for a refund.