Virginia Sprout Grower Recalls Soybean Sprouts after Positive Listeria Test

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Jun-2017

Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner.

According to a recent press release by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Good Seed Inc. (Happy Sprout Inc.) is voluntarily recalling all packages of soybean sprouts produced in its Springfield, Virginia, facility. During a routine surveillance sampling by the Food Safety Program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the potential for Listeria monocytogenes was detected. Subsequent sample testing indicated a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the germ Listeria monocytogenes. People usually become ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated food. The disease primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It’s rare for people in other groups to get sick with Listeria infection.

Listeriosis is usually a mild illness for pregnant women, but it causes severe disease in the fetus or newborn baby. Some people with Listeria infections, most commonly adults 65 years and older and people with weakened immune systems, develop severe infections of the bloodstream (causing sepsis) or brain (causing meningitis or encephalitis). Listeria infections can sometimes affect other parts of the body, including bones, joints, and sites in the chest and abdomen."

Listeria symptoms can take up to 70 days to develop, so consumers who have eaten any Good Seeds brand of soybean sprouts should self-monitor symptoms of Listeria infection, which can mimic flu symptoms.

Listed below are all products included in the current recall:

  • 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “Good Seed Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of 21111 10035, produced on or after May 1, 2017.
  • 2-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “Good Seed Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of 21112 58772, produced on or after May 1, 2017.
  • 10-lb bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled with a sticker “Good Seed Soy Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 1, 2017.

Consumers who purchased the soybean sprouts may return them to the store where they were initially purchased for a full refund. Questions may be directed to the company at 703-832-1232. In 2015, Good Seed brand sprouts were recalled at least three times after government tests found Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

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Mr. Zambri is the author of a widely renowned book on product liability litigation. An experienced speaker, he often shares his knowledge regarding personal injury litigation at seminars.

A board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates, Mr. Zambri is former president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Out of more than 80,000 lawyers, Mr. Zambri was named among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro area by Super Lawyers®. He has also been ranked among the “Top 100” lawyers in the entire metropolitan area by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers (2016 edition) and has been repeatedly included in the Super Lawyers® magazine (2016), a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

Mr. Zambri has been successful in litigating food-poisoning cases. He is knowledgeable and experienced in handling the unique complexities involved in food-poisoning litigation.

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