May 11, 2015

Soybean and mung bean sprouts sold in North Carolina and neighboring states have been recalled for possible listeria contamination.

Virginia-based Good Seed Inc. issued the recall after a sample tested positive for the bacteria following testing by the Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Listeria monocytogenes an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The sprouts were sold in retails stores in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina. A complete list of affected products can be found on the FDA website.

Individuals who purchased soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts, distributed by Good Seed Inc. should return the product to the place of sale for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at 703-392-0075 or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food Safety Program at 804-786-1006.