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Recall -- Firm Press Release


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Specialty Farms, LLC Expands Recall of 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 29, 2010 - Specialty Farms is voluntarily recalling certain Alfalfa sprout products with a best if sold by date of "8/3/2010" and "8/1/2010" that has 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, Lm infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Specialty-Farms, LLC is voluntarily recalling Specialty Farms brand Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend and Organic Sprout Salad, 4 ounces plastic containers, both have a best if sold by date of 8/3/2010 as noted below:

BrandItem DescriptionUPC
Specialty FarmsOrganic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend509800108
Specialty FarmsOrganic Sprout Salad8192400024


Specialty-Farms, LLC is also voluntarily recalling Stop & Shop brand Natures Promise Organic Alfalfa Sprouts 4 ounce container and 8 ounce bag and Natures Promise Organic Zesty Sprouts 4 ounce, best if sold by date of 8/1/2010, as noted below. [Further identification on the package includes the following: Certified Organic by NOFA-NY, Certified Organic LLC.]

BrandItem DescriptionUPC
Natures PromiseOrganic Alfalfa Sprouts (4 oz)8826704741
Natures PromiseOrganic Alfalfa Sprouts (8 oz)8826704102
Natures PromiseOrganic Zesty Sprouts (4 oz)8826703903



The products have been distributed thru distributors and to retail stores in CT, NH, MA, ME, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT.

Specialty-Farms, LLC voluntarily recalled sprouts on July 29, 2010 after laboratory analysis found positive results from retail samples. No illnesses have been reported.

All products dated 8/4/2010 and beyond are not included in this recall

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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