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Listeria risk prompts Conn. sprout recall

/ Source: The Associated Press

Amalgamated Produce, Inc. of Bridgeport has announced a voluntary recall of sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

That's an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

The company says there have been no cases of Listeriosis reported in connection with the products. The recall is a precaution.

It affects Specialty Farms, Vermont Sprout House, Nature's Promise and BroccoSprouts distributed by API in Bridgeport with sell-by date codes of March 31 through April 27, 2009.

The recall came after laboratory analysis in a finished product sample tested positive.

API says it's determining where the potential contamination could be occurring in its facility and immediately remedying the potential sources as they are identified.