Ontario company recalls sprouts after salmonella test

07/08/2014 11:37:00 AM
Coral Beach

Fresh Sprouts Interntaional Ltd. labelCourtesy CFIARoutine investigations by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency returned positive results for salmonella in 1-pound packages of fresh bean sprouts from Fresh Sprouts International Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario.A Canadian sprout company is recalling an unknown volume of expired fresh bean sprouts from Ontario retailers because of possible salmonella contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency e-mailed notice of the recall July 8, one day after the July 7 expiration code on fresh bean sprouts from Fresh Sprouts International Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario. No illnesses have been reported in connection to the recalled sprouts.

A woman answering the phone July 7 at the company said “Call back next week. Everyone is busy with the CFIA now. Don’t worry, they have already expired.”

The CFIA found salmonella contamination during routine inspection activities, according to the recall notice. The notice did not specify what retailers received the sprouts.

“The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products,” according to the notice. “The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.”

The recalled sprouts are in 1-pound packages and were distributed to retailers in Ontario. The company’s website states Fresh Sprouts International Ltd. is “the designated sprouts production supplier of all sprouts products for Foodland Ontario.

“For retail packaging, the company adopts Japan’s most advanced automatic wash and peel retail bag packaging machine to ensure that the retail side is safe and reliable,” according to the company website.

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