Henry Farms Soybean Sprouts Listeria Fear Sparks Recall

Posted on April 27, 2012

Today marks the second time in as many days that there’s been a recall of sprouts.  This time, though, the recall affects soybean sprouts as opposed to alfalfa sprouts.

The Woodford, Virginia-based Henry’s Farm Inc. announced the recall, which encompasses Natural Spring Water Soybean Sprouts and bulk Soybean Sprouts.  The f first item mentioned was available in clear 1.5 pound plastic packages that did not have a product code.  And the bulk items, which clocked in at approximately 10 pounds, did not have a label or a code.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services determined that certain of the products could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  This was confirmed by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory.  Although there haven’t been any instances of sickness in conjunction with the consumption of this product, consumers are being advised to return the item for a complete refund.  The items were only available in Washington D.C. and the states of Virginia and Maryland.

Listeria monocytogenes are dangerous because they can cause listeriosis, a nuisance which can cause nausea, headaches, and more in healthy individuals but which can cause a potentially fatal infection in a person who has a weakened immune system.

I’m sorry to see another sprout recall as a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles.  Food safety is so important to maintaining public health that I can’t help but wish that these situations could be avoided.  I hope as a San Diego personal injury lawyer that no one becomes ill from this threat.

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