Sprouts Recall for Listeria, Deaths Reported

Posted on November 13, 2014 by

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that consumers do not eat any products produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve them.

On August 28, 2014, Wholesome Soy Products conducted a  recall of mung bean sprouts due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination after FDA isolated the pathogen from samples as a result of a routine assignment.

During FDA inspections of the Wholesome Soy Products facility in August and October 2014, investigators observed unsanitary conditions, many of which were present during both inspections.

Whole genome sequences of the Listeria strains isolated from mung bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products, and environmental isolates collected at the production facility, were found to be highly related to sequences of Listeria strains isolated from five people who became ill from June through August 2014.

The five ill people were reported from Illinois (4) and Michigan (1).

All ill people were hospitalized. Two deaths were reported.

The two people interviewed reported eating bean sprouts.

Although limited information is available about the specific sprout products that the ill people consumed, the whole genome sequencing findings, together with the sprout consumption history of two patients and inspection findings at the firm, suggest that these illnesses could be related to products from Wholesome Soy Products.


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