(April 9, 9:24 a.m.) After a recall of alfalfa sprouts that potentially were contaminated with salmonella, Trader Joe’s Co., Monrovia, Calif., discontinued selling the product.

The late February recall involved product sold by J.H. Caldwell & Sons Inc., Maywood, Calif., in plastic tubs under the Nature’s Choice Alfalfa Sprouts brand, said Maurie Thomas, general manager of Caldwell & Sons.

“We haven’t put any sprouts back in there (Trader Joe’s) since the original recall, and they have not put any alfalfa sprouts back in their stores whatsoever,” Thomas said.

He said agents from the Food and Drug Administration and the California Department of Health came to the company Feb. 28. The company announced its recall Feb. 29.

“They told us they had purchased some of our product on the L.A. Wholesale Produce Market and product from Salad Cosmo in Oakland, (Calif.) and sent them back to their laboratory in Ohio,” he said. “They said both tested positive for salmonella.”

He said some there were media reports of people in Northern California becoming ill after eating alfalfa sprouts, but according to Lea Brooks, spokeswoman for department of health, there have been no reported illnesses associated with any recent recalls involving alfalfa sprouts.

“We destroyed everything we had and sanitized the rooms and did everything as well as we could,” he said.


The Nature’s Choice brand was included in a March 10 recall announced by the department of health. Included were the company’s Always Fresh and Alfa One brands that were sold to wholesale distributors and retail stores in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington through Trader Joe’s, Beach Market, KV Mart and Super Warehouse.

Salad Cosmo USA Corp., Dixon, Calif., recalled its Salad Cosmo Alfalfa Sprouts distributed through retail stores, including SaveMart Supermarkets and wholesale distributors throughout California and Washington.

On March 13, the department warned consumers not to eat Kowalke Family-brand alfalfa sprout products when seeds were determined to have been exposed to salmonella.

A spokeswoman for Trader Joe’s would not comment on the recall.