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Grocery chain drops sprouts

NVJims Oct 26, 2012 12:00 PM

Citing food safety, they are dropping sprouts from their produce department...
All they need to do for safety on the sprouts is to irradiate them, proven, safe technique.

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  1. junescook Oct 26, 2012 03:24 PM

    Not sure what to think about that. We do grow ours at home -- have several different blends that we get at the health food market -- and we put them in salads and sandwiches.

    But I've always been a believer in the 5-minute rule re things that drop on the floor, and that germs are our friends because they make us strong, so we're not running yet.

    1. goodhealthgourmet Oct 26, 2012 05:37 PM

      irradiated food is a controversial topic and the process has numerous drawbacks. it's extremely expensive (and guess who ends up absorbing the cost?), it destroys a number of key nutrients, it doesn't affect chemicals or pesticide residue, and food can still be recontaminated if mishandled at the packaging level.

      1. DuchessNukem Oct 26, 2012 07:16 PM

        Bummer. I grow my own but hate to see sprouts demonized. I encourage anyone who's thinking about it, to try home sprouting! I've considered starting a thread on the Gardening Board to call in the faithful lol.

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        1. re: DuchessNukem
          FoodTruth Oct 27, 2012 06:06 AM

          But the above referenced article says that even home sprouting is not safe.

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            DuchessNukem Oct 27, 2012 09:48 PM

            That's true, that is what the article says, FoodTruth -- but experienced home sprouters source, store and sprout their seeds carefully; that's why I still sprout. My main/best source is sproutpeople.org -- folks who've been procuring seeds for years and maintain high organic standards. With good choice of seeds and good technique home sprouting is very safe.

            I've examined issues with commercial sprout growers over the years; some have been cited more than once. They have contamination issues, from roof leaks dripping onto seed bags, lack of hand hygiene, tracking active compost into sprouting rooms, high bacterial concentration in rinse effluent, filth on sprouting trays, etc. My seed suppliers have not been named as sources of bacterially-invaded seed. My home-handling practices are good and my sprouts are fresh because I eat them the day they're ready, I don't rinse, pack and ship them for 2-3 days, then let them sit on a shelf.

            1. re: DuchessNukem
              sedimental Oct 28, 2012 08:43 AM

              I sprout at home too, but have never bought any special seed. I am still wondering if anything has changed with the seeds themselves, or is it with the mass production of sprouts and liability reduction at play.
              I have seen the sprout people website before but haven't ordered. I might give them a try now.

              1. re: DuchessNukem
                FoodTruth Oct 28, 2012 09:30 AM

                Thanks That's comforting to hear! I've home sprouted off and on over the years and would hate to give up that possibility.

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                  rasputina Oct 28, 2012 09:01 PM

                  I love sproutpeople too!

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              GH1618 Oct 26, 2012 08:02 PM

              I don't blame them. The incident in Germany in 2011 is reason enough to justify dropping sprouts until an adequate system is in place to prevent another such incident.

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                sedimental Oct 27, 2012 03:42 PM

                This strikes me as really strange. Has something changed? Or is this another Americanized- bacteria -phobic -driven -media -hype-liability reduction- issue?

                I intend to look a bit deeper into it, but what I have read from other sources so far, is that they are likening the risk factors to include "all raw produce" as it is risky to eat: not sterilized, irradiated, cooked to death foods, etc. I am not a huge "risk taker" nor am I foolish- but I also don't buy into hysteria about certain food items that the FDA or other G'ment agency deems "dangerous" for the general public.

                Thanks for the article.

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                1. re: sedimental
                  GH1618 Oct 27, 2012 10:02 PM

                  Americanized? Phobic? Hype? The fact is, 53 people died in one incident in Germany. Of course it's about liability reduction. A grocer has no obligation to sell any particular product, and certainly will not want to carry a product which could be harmful, even if the risk is small.

                  And by the way, the seeds which caused the deaths in Germany were "organic." These were completely "natural" deaths.

                  1. re: GH1618
                    sedimental Oct 28, 2012 08:44 AM

                    You missed my point.

                    1. re: sedimental
                      GH1618 Oct 28, 2012 11:55 AM

                      I don't think so. There is no "hysteria." There is no US government agency declaring sprouts "dangerous." It seems to me that you are the one over-reacting on this.

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                        sedimental Oct 28, 2012 12:08 PM

                        Not at all. I am asking a question.

                  2. re: sedimental
                    Harters Oct 29, 2012 07:55 AM

                    Seems as though the retailer may simply be covering its own arse, in case something went wrong in the future.

                    Here in the UK (and, presumably, elsewhere in the European Union) sprouts are readily on sale although the current advice from the Food Standards Agency is not to eat them raw (which defeats the object for me) - although supermarkets still sell them amongst other salads

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                    rasputina Oct 28, 2012 08:59 PM

                    I've grown my own for years.

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