Listeria Contamination Sparks Cleveland Alfalfa Sprouts Recall

Posted on May 8, 2012

The threat of Listeria monocytogenes being present in a product has prompted another recall.

The products affected by this particular recall are alfalfa sprouts produced by the Cleveland-based Cleveland Beansprouts Company.  The product does not have any identifiable lot code, but it shouldn’t matter, as all alfalfa sprouts are being recalled, not just one specific lot.  As such, any consumer with a Cleveland Beansprouts alfalfa sprouts product in their possession should immediately abstain from consumption and get rid of the item at once.

The Listeria monocytogenes were uncovered during sample testing by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  This testing was conducted under the Microbiological Data Program instituted by the United States Department of Agriculture.

There have thankfully been no illnesses reported at this time, but consumers are being advised to be on the lookout for fever, nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, as any of these things could be a sign of a Listeria infection.  In particular, those persons with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk for contracting an infection, which could prove fatal to such individuals.

It saddens me as a personal injury lawyer in San Francisco to see yet another product pose a threat of foodborne illness.  Although these products were only sold in Ohio, there’s no telling when a product might be taken across state lines.  This is why as a San Bernardino personal injury attorney I emphasize the importance of following recalls from around the country, if not the entire globe.

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