An unknown volume of fresh soybean and mung bean sprouts, some in bags without labels and some with another week of shelf life left, is under recall by Kkot Saem Sprouts Inc. because of possible listeria contamination.
As of Dec. 19, no illnesses had been linked to the sprouts from the Spanaway, Wash., grower, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.
Calls for comments left on the company’s answering machine were not immediately returned.
Random tests by the FDA on finished product returned positive results for listeria monocytogenes, but the recall notice did not indicate when or where the samples were collected.
Kkot Saem Sprouts Inc. distributed the sprouts to H-Mart in Washington and Oregon and to G-Mart in Oregon. The last date of distribution was Dec. 16.
The mung bean sprouts have a 5-day shelf life after the packing date, but the soybean sprouts can last up to two weeks after packing.
The recall notice did not specify what volume of fresh sprouts is being recalled. Some of the sprouts in 5-pound, clear, plastic bags are unlabeled. They do not have brand marks or Universal Price Codes. Mung bean and soybean sprouts were distributed in these unmarked bags.
Other recalled sprouts from Kkot Saem are labeled with the Winter Blossom and Kkot Saem Winter Blossom brands. Soybean sprouts in 1.5-pound multicolored plastic bags with the Winter Blossom label are included.
Mung bean sprouts were distributed under both brands and in various package sizes from 0.8-pounds to 10-pounds. The complete list of recalled sprouts and UPC numbers for those that have them are on the recall notice on the FDA website.