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Recall -- Firm Press Release


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Specialty Farms, LLC  Recalls Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend and Organic Sprout Salad in the North Eastern United States Because of Possible Health Risk


Specialty-Farms, LLC
(203) 366-6919


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 23, 2010 - Specialty-Farms, LLC is voluntarily recalling Specialty Farms brand Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend and Organic Sprout Salad, as noted below.  These items both have a "sell-by date of 7/26/2010" and are net weight 4 ounces in plastic containers:

BRAND                              ITEM DESCRIPTION                           UPC 
Specialty Farms                  Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend              8192400108
Specialty Farms                  Organic Sprout Salad                        8192400024

These sprouts are being recalled because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes (Lm). Listeria Monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Specialty-Farms, LLC voluntarily recalled sprouts on July 23, 2010 after laboratory analysis found positive results from one retail sample.

All products dated 7/27/2010 and beyond are not included in this recall.

The above items were distributed to the following companies:


1. Price Chopper (Retailer)

2. Cooseman’s NY (Distributor)

Products have been distributed in the following states: NY, CT, MA, NH, VT, PA
Specialty-Farms, LLC is currently in the process of determining exactly where this potential Lm contamination could be occurring in its facility and is immediately remedying the potential sources as they are identified. Specialty Farms, LLC hopes to return to full sprout production soon.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the point of purchase for refund and may contact Specialty-Farms, LLC with questions at (203) 366-6919 between the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST.



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