Safeway sprouts recalled over Listeria fears
LifeForce Foods brand sprouts, including Brocco Sprouts, Spicy Sprouts and Alfalfa Sprouts, are being voluntarily recalled.
Darcy Wintonyk, CTV British Columbia
Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:01AM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:24AM PST
Safeway stores across British Columbia have pulled certain sprouts off of their shelves after a Listeria warning from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The CFIA says LifeForce brand sprouts sold in 85-gram plastic containers may contain Listeria bacteria.
The products include Brocco Sprouts, Spicy Sprouts and Alfalfa Sprouts.
Safeway says 67 stores in the province are affected by the recall, including those in Metro Vancouver and across Vancouver Island.
Spokeswoman Betty Kellsey said all of the products were voluntarily removed from shelves Monday night after being informed by the health agency about the potential risk. All of the products have been destroyed.
“Right now we don’t have a replacement product available, so you won’t see sprouts in stores,” she told CTV News in a telephone interview.
“[The] vendor will now be required to re-qualify to make sure all food safety standards are met before the product will go back on the shelf.”
There have been no illnesses reported from consuming these products.
Food contaminated with Listeria may not look or smell spoiled, but eating it may cause listeriosis, which can cause high fever, flu-like symptoms, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.