New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in Ding Hao brand “Bean Sprouts,” packaged by Chang Farm in South Deerfield, Massachusetts and distributed through Bean Sprouts Trading Inc. located at 510 East 3rd Street in Brooklyn, New York.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism commonly found in nature which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. It may also cause serious complications for pregnant women, such as stillbirth. Listeria monocytogenes may cause serious flu-like symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals.
The affected Ding Hao brand “Bean Sprouts” are packaged in a 10-pound flexible plastic bag. The product does not have a production code or sell by date listed on the package.
The presence of Listeria monocytogenes was found in the product following routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory.
Consumers who have purchased Ding Hao brand “Bean Sprouts” may return the product to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may contact Chang Farm at (413) 665-3341.