December 8, 2016

Good Seed Recalls Sprouts for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, Virginia is recalling all packages of soybean and mung bean sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date, but the symptoms of listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear.

Bean SproutsThe recalled products are 1 pound bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” and “Keep Refrigerated” with UPC number 21111  10035, produced on or after May 8, 2015. Also recalled are 1-pound bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” and “Keep Refrigerated” with UPC number 21111 20136, produced on or after May 8, 2015.

Also recalled are 2 pound bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” and “Keep Refrigerated” with UPC number 21112 58772, produced on or after May 8, 2015. In addition, 2 pound bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” and “Keep Refrigerated” with UPC number 21111 25871, produced on or after May 8, 2015 are recalled.

Then, 10 pound bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 8, 2015 are recalled. Finally, 10 pound bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 8, 2015 are recalled.

The sprouts were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey. Contamination was discovered through surveillance monitoring by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. And clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution, since Listeira bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures.

If you ate any of these recalled products, watch yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. They include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women are at high risk for this illness, since they may suffer miscarriage and stillbirth even though their illness is mild. If you do get sick, see your doctor and tell her you ate these recalled products.

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