April 18, 2001Fuji Natural Foods, Inc. Recalls
CA (SafetyAlerts) - Fuji Natural
Foods, Inc. has issued an alert to consumers not to consume certain packaged alfalfa
sprouts because a test of factory floor drains led to concerns that the product may be
contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
While no illnesses have been reported
in connection with the lot covered under this recall, a recent investigation of Salmonella
illnesses revealed a possible association with Fuji Natural Foods alfalfa sprouts from
another lot which is no longer in the marketplace.
As a precautionary measure, Fuji
Natural Foods has temporarily suspended production of alfalfa sprouts while it confirms
the safety of its production process, and is voluntarily recalling the affected product in
order to protect the public. The company is working with the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration and the California Department of Health Services to address this issue.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause gastrointestinal symptoms (such as diarrhea and
cramps) and fever in healthy persons, though more serious infections and fatalities are
possible in young children, frail or elderly persons or others with weakened immune
systems. If you have any of these symptoms you should consult a physician.
The affected products were distributed to wholesalers, grocery stores, restaurants and
delicatessens in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Nevada. They are labeled with a red
Fuji Natural Foods logo and the name "Alfalfa Sprouts Always Fresh," "Spicy
Sprouts Always Fresh," "Zesty Sprouts Always Fresh" or "Pure Water
Grown Alfalfa Sprouts Always Fresh," or the words "The Sprout Factory" or
"Young and Tender Living Alfalfa Sprouts" and the Fuji Natural Foods name; or
the words "Alfalfa Sprouts" and the name "Calco Farms."
The products are packed in:
- Plastic cups of 4 ounces and 6 ounces
- Plastic bags of 6 ounces, 1 pound, and 3 pounds
- Trays of 2 pounds and 5 pounds
- Boxes of 4 pounds (two 2-pound trays) and 5 pounds
Consumers who have purchased these
alfalfa sprouts should not eat them and are urged to discard them or return them to the
point of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may call Fuji Natural Foods at
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