Posted on March 18, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

FDA warns consumers over E. coli-linked sprouts sold at Whole Foods Market

Red Clover sprouts linked to 14 illnesses in 5 states

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday it is warning consumers not to eat a variety of sprout-containing products that were distributed to Whole Foods Market stores throughout the Midwest due to the presence of E. coli.

The agency said there has been an outbreak of 14 illnesses in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Utah that are linked to Red Clover sprouts, which were distributed by Chicago-based Chicago Indoor Garden. A sample of the company’s product tested positive for E. coli O103, the FDA said.

The products – include sprout salad, mixed greens, and spring salad and contained Red Clover sprouts,

The products – with and without non-GMO labels with Best By dates between Dec. 1, 2019 and March 12, 2020 – were also distributed to Coosemans Chicago Inc., Battaglia Distributing, and Living Waters Farms.

Chicago Indoor Garden has now recalled all products containing Red Clover sprouts, including:

  • Red Clover 4oz. clamshell
  • Red Clover 2lb. boxes
  • Sprout Salad 6oz. clamshell
  • Mixed Greens 4oz. clamshell
  • Spring Salad 6oz. clamshell

The FDA also said it is generally recommended that children, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind.

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