Happy Sprout Recalls Soybean Sprouts – Listeria

Virginia-based Happy Sprout Inc. has announced a recall of its entire production of soybean sprouts after a routine test, which was later confirmed, came back positive for Listeria bacteria.

In its press release announcing the recall, Happy Sprout said that soybean sprouts in 3 package sizes are being pulled from the market:

  • 1-pound packages of GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts with UPC Code 21111 10035 and a production date of May 1, 2017 or later
  • 2-pound packages of GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts with  UPC Code 21112 58772 and a production date of May 1, 2017 or later
  • 10-pound packages of GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts with, apparently no UPC but a production date of  May 1, 2017 or later

The 1-pound bags and 2-pound bags are clear plastic; the 10-pound bags are in black plastic. All bear the wording “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” and “Keep Refrigerated”.

Happy Sprout says that the potentially tainted sprouts were shipped to supermarkets in these states:

  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey

Happy Sprout did not name the individual stores or say if they were mainstream chain supermarkets or specialty food stores.

The original Listeria test was performed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Program. The follow-up test was done by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services.

Neither Happy Sprout nor any of the agencies involved say they have received any reports of anyone suffering listeriosis after consuming the sprouts. Nonetheless, if you have any packages of these in your kitchen you are encouraged to return them to your place of purchase. You will be given a refund.

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