Sample testing by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed contamination of Soy Bean Sprouts with Listeria monocytogenes (L. Monocytogenes) at Chang Farm on River Road in Whatley, MA.

The positive test results have led to a recall the product  packaged in 10 lb bags (bulk) and 12 oz plastic bags (retail), labeled under the Chang Farm Brand as Soy Sprouts and have a “Sell By” date of July 17, 2009.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the recall. 

Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy adults may suffer  short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The tainted Soy Sprouts have been distributed to retail stores and wholesalers throughout MA, CT, NY and NJ.

The Chang Farm recall notice can be found at the  FDA. We reported in May on Chang Farm being a repeat offender when it comes to listeria contamination.