(May 31) Alfalfa sprouts have been recalled for the second time in two weeks because of food safety concerns.

The California Department of Health Services said May 24 that Salad Cosmo USA Corp., Dixon, Calif., has voluntarily recalled alfalfa sprouts after salmonella was detected in alfalfa seeds. Department spokesman Ken August said May 30 that no illnesses have been linked to the products, which were shipped under the Salad Cosmo label in 2.5-ounce plastic containers and 1-pound plastic bags.

August said the Food and Drug Administration was leading the multistate investigation because the product was shipped to retail stores and restaurants in Washington, Oregon and Nevada as well as California. An FDA spokesman could not be reached for comment, and Salad Cosmo did not respond to an interview request.


Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture continued its investigation into possible listeria contamination in radish, alfalfa and bean sprouts produced by Calco Sprouts Inc., Minneapolis, and shipped to Minnesota stores under that company’s Calco and Pyramid brands.

The department of agriculture reported May 10 that contamination was first detected in Calco-brand sprouts during a store inspection, and Calco started a voluntary recall. Pyramid-brand sprouts were added to the recall a day later. Department spokesman Michael Schommer said May 29 that no illnesses had been linked to the products.