December 2, 2003
Harmony Farms Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts
Because of Possible Health Risk in Oregon
Harmony Farms, LLC of
Auburn, Washington, is voluntarily recalling all of its 5 ounce "Fresh
Alfalfa Sprouts", "Gourmet Salad Sprouts" and "Fresh Alfalfa & Oregon Onion
Sprouts", which come in clear plastic clamshells, and all of its cases of 1
lb., 2 lb., 3 lb. and 5 lb. packages of Alfalfa Sprouts. The recall was
initiated because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal
infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with
weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often
experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and
abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result
in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe
illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms),
endocarditis and arthritis. Most cases resolve without the need for medical
Harmony Farms' products are distributed to retail outlets, restaurants,
institutions and schools in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.
The company's routine product testing has not detected any contamination in
the sprouts produced by Harmony Farms. To date six cases of Salmonella in
Oregon have possibly been linked to the consumption of alfalfa sprouts by
Oregon Department of Human Services.
It is Harmony Farms' policy to fully cooperate with regulatory agencies in
these situations to protect the public health. Harmony Farms will continue
to work closely with Oregon, Washington and federal officials to investigate
the facts surrounding these recent illnesses and to take all necessary
Purchasers of Harmony Farms' products under recall are urged to return these
products to the place of purchase. Persons with questions about this recall
action may call Harmony Farms at (253) 833-8945.
No other Harmony Farms products are affected by this recall action. As we
have long advised on our product labels, sprout users are encouraged to wash
their hands and clean their prep areas before handling sprouts to prevent
cross-contamination from uncooked meat and poultry products.