Advisory Issued for Alfalfa Sprouts

Posted Thursday, February 5, 2009 --- 5:20 p.m.

From the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection:

MADISON—Alfalfa sprouts from a Wisconsin-based grower have been removed from store shelves in Minnesota and Wisconsin after routine food safety tests on a package of alfalfa sprouts from Jack & The Green Sprouts turned up positive for Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause food-borne illness.

This product contamination is not associated with the ongoing national investigation of Salmonella contamination of peanut butter products.

The company, Jack & the Green Sprouts, Inc. is based in River Falls, Wis. and is recalling their alfalfa sprouts and alfalfa onion sprout mix from retail stores and wholesalers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The sprouts and sprout mix were sold in 5-ounce clamshell packages.

At this time, there have been no reports of illness but as a precaution the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises consumers to discard any Jack & The Green Sprouts alfalfa sprouts or alfalfa onion sprout mixes that were purchased prior to Feb. 5. A credit will be given with proof of purchase receipt. Other non-alfalfa sprout mixes are not part of the recall.

The bacteria were discovered after routine product testing conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The MDA laboratory has determined that this is not the same strain of bacteria which has been associated with the peanut butter investigation.

Jack & The Green Sprouts routinely tests sprouts grown at their facility to ensure that the sprouts are free of Salmonella as well as Listeria and E. coli, other food-borne pathogens. The company is working closely and cooperatively with DATCP and MDA to remove the product from distribution channels and retail outlets. The company and the DATCP Food Safety Division are working to determine how these sprouts became contaminated.

For consumer questions, contact Joe Mahoney, Jack & The Green Sprouts, (715) 425-9495.

Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that occur 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness lasts four to seven days and most recover without additional treatment. However, in severe cases, medical intervention may be required. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are most at risk. Contact your health care provider if you suspect that you may have symptoms.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is issuing a consumer advisory for Jack & The Green Sprouts brand alfalfa after routine testing found a package contained salmonella.

Officials say Thursday that the contamination is not connected to the ongoing investigation into peanut butter products and there are no known illnesses connected to the alfalfa.

The brand is produced by Jack & The Green Sprouts, Inc., in River Falls, Wis., and is distributed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Minnesota officials are asking consumers to throw away any product already purchased.

Both states are investigating and working to remove the product from distribution and retail facilities.

A message left Thursday with Jack & The Green Sprouts was not immediately returned.

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