(For additional information, please see “UPDATED: Listeria prompts recall of sprouts in U.S., Canada”)
(UPDATED COVERAGE, Feb. 7) The Kent, Wash., sprout grower that recalled about a ton of various fresh sprouts Jan. 28 expanded the recall twice to include an unknown quantity of all of its products, including wheatgrass and pea shoots, because of possible listeria contamination.
No illnesses have been reported in connection to the possible contamination.
In the third recall notice, the grower expanded the action to include products distributed in Idaho and added two brands: Brassica brand names and Trader Joe’s organic pea shoots.
Sprouters Northwest officials did not explain in the expanded recall notices whether additional products had tested positive. The Washington State Department of Agriculture sampled products collected at retail and found positive results for listeria, prompting the initial recall.
The expanded recall notice, on the Food and Drug Administration website, says the products were distributed through Jan. 30 and have various expiration dates through Feb. 17.
Joe Campbell, general manager of Sprouters Northwest, did not return calls seeking comment.
The products under recall in the U.S. and Canada are: “3-Bean Munchie,” alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, broccoli sprouts, “Brocco Sandwich” sprouts, clover sprouts, deli sprouts, spicy sprouts, wheatgrass and/or pea shoots.
Distribution included retailers and foodservice operations in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and British Columbia in Canada. The Sprouters Northwest and LifeForce brands are included in the initial recall.
The affected products are packaged in plastic clamshells, plastic cups, plastic trays in 3-, 4- and 5-ounce sizes and in plastic 1-, 2- and 5-pound bags.