Louie Foods International is voluntarily recalling a few hundred pounds of sprouts after a routine spot check by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found salmonella in a mixed package of alfalfa and clover sprouts.
Jay Louie, chief operating officer and part owner of the Fresno, Calif., company announced the recall March 30. He said April 1 the company recalled all of their Louie’s brand sprouts with a use-by date of April 14 as a precautionary move, even though the USDA found salmonella only in one of their varieties.
Recalled products include: Alfalfa Sprout Mix, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04401); Alfalfa Sprout Mix, 16 oz. bags (UPC 11324 16401); Clover Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04406); Clover Sprouts, 16 oz. bags (UPC 11324 04406); Spicy Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11325 04402); and Broccoli Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04407).
Louie said that no illnesses have been reported. The sprouts were distributed in only the Central Valley and coastal region of California. He said the company initiated the voluntary recall within hours of being notified by the USDA. Company officials contacted all of their customers and told them to destroy the affected products.
The company has temporarily discontinued production and distribution of sprout products subject to the recall. Louie said the company is working with the California Department of Public Health and the FDA to investigate the source of the problem.
Consumers are urged to destroy the products or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.