The Northern New Jersey product liability attorneys are reporting that, for the second time in as many months, a Virginia grower is recalling all soybean and mung bean sprouts it distributed to retailers in three states, after follow-up tests to the original recall were positive for listeria.
Few details are available, however, with officials from the Virginia agriculture department declining to provide information because an investigation is ongoing. A department spokeswoman said June 24 that she did not know if production is ongoing at Good Seed Inc., Springfield, Va.
Officials have not linked any illnesses to the recalled sprouts. However, the spokeswoman said in May that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed some listeria infections among people in the distribution area that match the genome type of the listeria monocytogenes confirmed on the Good Seed sprouts.
Good Seed officials did not respond to a request for comment. The recall notice did not include information on the volume of sprouts involved.
Like the recall it issued May 8, the June 22 recall by Good Seed Inc. came weeks after the production date. The June 22 recall is for all fresh soybean and mung bean sprouts it produced on or after May 8.
Good Seed distributed the sprouts to retailers in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, according to the notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.
Universal product codes and package sizes for the second recall are identical to those of the first recall, which the company issued May 8.
The May recall was for sprouts the company produced on or after April 1. That recall came after a random sample collected at retail returned positive results for listeria monocytogenes, according to the recall notice.
Virginia inspectors have been investigating the cause of that listeria contamination and confirmed the pathogen a second time, according to the recall notice.
"The contamination was discovered through surveillance monitoring coordinated by the Virginia Rapid Response Team, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services," according to the June recall notice. "Testing by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services revealed the presence of listeria monocytogenes in the product."
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