The FDA, which is investigating an E. coli outbreak linked to clover sprouts, tested one of the company’s products and found a genetic match to the E. coli strain through whole genome sequencing.
Chicago Indoor Garden, Chicago, recalled the sprouts on March 16. The products were distributed to Whole Foods stores throughout the Midwest, Coosemans Chicago Inc., Battaglia Distributing and Living Waters Farms, according to the sprout company’s recall notice.
The following sprout products are covered by the recall:
- Red Clover in 4-ounce clamshells;
- Red Clover in 2-pound boxes;
- Sprout Salad in 6-ounce clamshells;
- Mixed Greens in 4-ounce clamshells; and
- Spring Salad in 6-ounce clamshells.
They have best-by days between Dec. 1-March 12.
“We assure you that we have been working diligently to produce a safe product for our customers,” Brian Gorman, Chicago Indoor Garden president, said in the recall notice. “In the meantime, we are continuing to grow red clover sprouts with seed from a different supplier to ensure this will no longer be problem in the future.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there are 14 cases involved in the outbreak, and the FDA did not increase the number of cases from a Feb. 26 update. The FDA has reported the outbreak is likely from clover sprouts from Jimmy John’s restaurants.