Greens, Sprouts Recall

J & D Produce of Edinburg, TX, has initiated a voluntary recall of curly parsley in Quebec and cilantro in Detroit, MI. In Urbana, IL, Tiny Greens is recalling alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts. The produce is being recalled because of Salmonella warnings.

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Following confirmation from regulators of a positive test for Salmonella on curly parsley in Quebec and cilantro in Detroit, J&D Produce, Inc. has initiated a precautionary, voluntary recall of these two items and other potentially affected products packed only Nov. 30 and Dec. 6. There have been no reported illnesses.

“It’s imperative to protect public health, even if that means being overzealous in expanding the scope of the products we’re calling back,” said James Bassetti, president of J&D Produce Inc. “We will work closely with regulators, health officials and our customers in bringing back the products.

To further ensure public health, 19 additional produce commodities were recalled due to the possibility of cross contamination from having been run on the same packing lines as the curly parsley and cilantro. Click here for more information on the additional produce commodities being recalled.

A Separate Incident
In addition, Tiny Greens of Urbana, IL, is recalling all alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts from Nov. 1 through Dec. 21 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Product was distributed through various distributors in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri and could have ended up in restaurants and supermarkets near those areas.

The company has decided to voluntarily recall its 4-ounce spicy sprouts and its 4-ounce, 1-pound, 2-pound, and 5-pound alfalfa sprouts (all package sizes) with lot codes 348, 350, or 354. In addition, the company is recalling any product containing alfalfa sprouts with our lot number 305 thru 348.

According to a press release from FDA, the mutual goal of both FDA and Tiny Greens is to pinpoint the source of the contamination and stop the spread of Salmonella. There is only a statistical association at this point to Tiny Greens alfalfa sprouts. FDA and Tiny Greens are continuing to work closely together, sharing all data with each other to find the source of the problem.

There have been 51 confirmed cases of Salmonella in Illinois and around that same number in 15 other states. This is a common strain for Salmonella contamination and the cases in distant states are probably not linked to the ones in Illinois.

The illnesses were reported after individuals reported eating alfalfa sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois. The FDA and Tiny Greens and the Illinois Department of Public Health continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. 
 

Source: FDA

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Another organic farm with a food safety issue. Check out Tiny Greens first blog on their web page (http://tinygreens.org/blog/) talking about obtaining manure for their compost mix….Whoops!

Manure and food meant for human consumption should never be used near each other in conventional or organic farming.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Another problem with a processing facility probably. On thing for sure is it is not from a small farm.
This looks like it was blown out of proportion as far as how much was recalled. I think this can be expected in the future. Now all problems will involve the recall of massive amounts of food from the food chain just to be excessively careful. What have we created?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Be sure to read that blog, and the other pages on the site describing growing practices. It sounds to me like the manure is used on other vegetable beds outdoors, NOT for growing sprouts, indoors. The site says they use compost made of wood chips and leftover sprouts for growing sprouts. Read carefully and thoroughly before reaching conclusions. It will be interesting to see if there is an actual bacterial, not just statistical, connection, made to Tiny Greens. If there is, it will be interesting to see where the problem actually happened. Thanks to AVG for such a thorough report, and keeping us updated.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Another organic farm with a food safety issue. Check out Tiny Greens first blog on their web page (http://tinygreens.org/blog/) talking about obtaining manure for their compost mix….Whoops!

Manure and food meant for human consumption should never be used near each other in conventional or organic farming.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Another problem with a processing facility probably. On thing for sure is it is not from a small farm.
This looks like it was blown out of proportion as far as how much was recalled. I think this can be expected in the future. Now all problems will involve the recall of massive amounts of food from the food chain just to be excessively careful. What have we created?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Be sure to read that blog, and the other pages on the site describing growing practices. It sounds to me like the manure is used on other vegetable beds outdoors, NOT for growing sprouts, indoors. The site says they use compost made of wood chips and leftover sprouts for growing sprouts. Read carefully and thoroughly before reaching conclusions. It will be interesting to see if there is an actual bacterial, not just statistical, connection, made to Tiny Greens. If there is, it will be interesting to see where the problem actually happened. Thanks to AVG for such a thorough report, and keeping us updated.