The likelihood of a sprout purchase remained exactly even with last year.
Sprout growers learned about how proposed Food and Drug Administration produce safety regulations could affect their operations.
After its first year of work, paid for with $100,000 from the Food and Drug Administration, the Sprout Safety Alliance has completed a pilot training session and is planning an online seminar about the sprout-specific requirements in the agency’s proposed rule for produce safety.
The Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to two sprout operations, one in Arizona and one in California, in February, citing concerns about unsanitary conditions.
The Kent, Wash., sprout grower that recalled about a ton of various fresh sprouts Jan. 28 expanded the recall to include an unknown quantity of all of its products, including wheatgrass and pea shoots, because of possible listeria contamination.
(UPDATED COVERAGE, Jan. 31) Sprouters Northwest Inc., Kent, Wash., is recalling almost a ton of sprout products in the U.S. and Canada because of potential listeria contamination. No illnesses have been reported.
A “surveillance sampling” collected at retail by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed two samples that tested positive for listeria, said the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.