The FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health agencies in those states where illnesses have occurred are investigating the outbreak.
Scharf said government officials took swab samples throughout her hydroponic growing operation, but she said the first batch of samples was sent to the wrong place. So, more swabs were taken and Scharf is still awaiting results.
In the meantime, she laid off half of her 14 employees and shut down production of her alfalfa and spicy sprout lines as a precautionary move.
“If I had the money I would be fighting what they (FDA and Idaho state health officials) have done,” Scharf said. “They have issued that statement and smeared us without any evidence.”
Scharf said Evergreen Produce always tests its seed lots before using them. The company has third-party water tests done three times each week.
“The military also comes in once every quarter for an audit and we always pass those without any problems,” Scharf said.