FDA announces contaminated alfalfa sprout recall, Salmonella cited

Alfalfa sprouts recalled after tests showed possible Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that the Green Valley Food Corp. is recalling 650 cases of “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts in 5 oz. containers, because the results indicated that the sprouts were contaminated with Salmonella.

Green Valley Food Corp. announced that its “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers were distributed in Texas via truck deliveries to all customers in Texas. All customers were retail chains and food distribution centers. If you are a customer affected by this recall you will be receiving a letter asking for the quantities you were shipped and their whereabouts. Please respond as soon as possible.

The product is in a plastic container that measures 4-inches by 4-inches. The UPC number is 714722228818. The label has blue lettering stating, “'Let’s Grow Healthy Together!' Alfalfa Sprouts." The code date on the shipping box is an orange tag that will state the number,”3440210”. The “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers will have a white tag on the upper right hand side of the label with the date of 1/1/2012.

Till this present day there has been no related illnesses confirmed because of this recall. This is a cautionary measure taken by Green Valley Food Corp. to assure safe and quality products are being distributed by our facility.

On 12/12/2011 a random sample was taken from a customer we currently supply. The product tested positive for Salmonella. To assure our customers of a safe alfalfa sprout, Green Valley Food Corp., is voluntarily recalling product with a product code “3440210”. Other alfalfa products or blends are not included in the recall and are safe for consumption. We are voluntarily requesting this recall and are working closely with the FDA to assure all consumers our products are safe.

Should you have any “Let’s Grow Healthy Together!” Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers please dispose of the product by throwing away in a trash receptacle. This is a cautionary measure to assure our customers of safe products. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (214) 939-3900, Monday thru Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to noon, or via email at info@greenvalleyfood.com.

Green Valley thanks consumers for their attention to this recall and says they "know with the help of the FDA, Green Valley Food Corp., will continue to produce and ship safe and quality products."

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