7. Sprouts salmonella outbreak - The Packer

7. Sprouts salmonella outbreak

12/28/2012 12:17:00 PM
Greg Johnson

By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

Concerns among some in the fresh sprout industry about public perception of their products and producers who are not using best practices have spurred the creation of a new trade association focusing on food safety.

A founder’s meeting of the Sprout Alliance for Safety and Science is scheduled for Nov. 7.

The agenda includes a review and adoption of standards, said Steffanie Smith, co-owner of California Sprouts LLC, Rancho Cordova, Calif., and one of the organizers of the new group.

The group’s board of directors and bylaws are expected to be established at the meeting.

Other founding members of SASS include Hanover Foods Corp., Hanover, Pa., and Pearson Foods Corp., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Smith is immediate past chairwoman of Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.


Oct. 29

Sprouts out at Kroger

By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

The Kroger Co., citing a “thorough, science-based” review, is no longer selling sprouts at any of its stores.

Cincinnati-based Kroger, the second-largest U.S. retailer behind Wal-Mart, is following in the footsteps of that retailer, which stopped selling sprouts in 2010.

“Sprouts present a unique challenge because pathogens may reside inside of the seeds where they cannot be reached by the currently available processing interventions,” Payton Pruett, Kroger’s vice president of food safety, said in an Oct. 19 news release. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Kroger family of stores will no longer sell fresh sprouts or procure other foods that are produced on the same equipment as sprouts.”


Nov. 5

Jimmy John’s brings back sprouts

By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

Just as the country’s second-largest grocery retailer discontinued sales of fresh sprouts because of food safety concerns, restaurateur Jimmy John Liautaud reintroduced them at more than 1,200 Jimmy John’s locations nationwide.

In a posting on the chain’s Facebook page, Liautaud announced the crunchy sandwich toppers were already back in restaurants in central Illinois, near the company headquarters in Champaign, Ill.

“I am rolling out a new sprout. Costs more for me, it’s tougher to manage, but we think we hit a home run on this one,” Liautaud’s Facebook post from Oct. 3 states.

He went on to tell Facebook fans that sprouts would be available in all Illinois stores a week later, followed by a 16-week rollout to spread sprouts to Jimmy John’s restaurants nationwide.

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