November 12, 2002
Sungarden Sprout Company Has Recalled
Cookeville, TN (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that Sungarden Sprout Company has recalled its 4
ounce packages of alfalfa sprouts, because it has the potential to be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause
serious and sometimes fatal 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. Listeria infection
can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled alfalfa sprouts were distributed to retail establishments and
wholesale distributors in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
The retail product is packaged in 4 ounce clear plastic container with snap
closure lids labeled as Sungarden Sprouts, alfalfa (alfalfa and clover),
with lot code 11/12. Wholesale product is labeled as Sprouts, 931-526-1106,
packaged in 5 pound waxed boxes, identified with lot code 11/11.
No illness have been reported to date.
This voluntary recall was the result of a routine sampling program which
revealed that the finished product may contain the bacteria.
Consumers who have questions regarding this recall may contact Sungarden
Sprout Company at 931-526-1106. Those who purchased the product are urged to
dispose of it and contact Sungarden Sprout Company at 931-526-1106 for full