Sprouts out at Kroger - The Packer

Sprouts out at Kroger

10/21/2012 01:57:00 PM
Coral Beach

Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., is also continuing its fresh sprout program. It operates 199 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi told the Columbus Dispatch newspaper that the chain uses a single supplier for fresh sprouts.

In Minneapolis, officials at Supervalu Inc. are considering the situation.

“Food safety is out top priority and we are reviewing our sprout program,” said Mike Siemienas, SuperValu spokesman.

Fresh sprouts have been the subject of 24 food safety recalls since 2007, mostly for salmonella and listeria found in random samples, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Staff writer Coral Beach contributed to this report.

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Miami  |  November, 02, 2012 at 12:34 PM

It's a shame that sprouts have received such negative press. What about all the recalls on lettuce and spinach to name a couple of vegetables that have been recalled recently and are often being recalled. They continue to be on shelves and I myself keep buying them. I feel sprouts are misunderstood and undervalued. I don't think the public knows enough about the health benefits of eating sprouts and what to look for. Not all sprouting facilities are the same. The problems relating to recalls have to do with specific issues at certain facilities. Don't punish all sprouters by grouping them as a whole. That's like saying the cantaloupe recalls mean you should stop buying cantaloupes as a whole. Do we see cantaloupes still on store shelves? Sure. The same should be said for sprouts.

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