Urbana, Ill.-based Tiny Greens Organic Farm issued a voluntary recall.
“Jimmy John’s in particular may still be reeling from when they were involved in a pretty bad outbreak coming out of Illinois,” Sanderson told The Packer shortly after the Green Valley recall. “We really need to get beyond these problems. We’re trying to hang in there. We’ve just initiated a sprout safety alliance which is supposed to be related to the Produce Safety Alliance.”
Last June, The Associated Press reported that sprouts had been identified as the cause of an E. coli outbreak in Germany that killed 31 and sickened more than 3,000.
German officials subsequently backtracked on that finding. Authorities there advised consumers to stop eating sprouts, but also raw cucumbers, leafy greens and tomatoes.
The culprit in that outbreak, sprouts grown from tainted fenugreek seeds from Egypt, is not on the U.S. market, Sanderson said.