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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Arnold, Nebraska, USA
Living In: Rock Springs, Wyoming, USA
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Anyone know what's up with bean sprouts? Produce guy told me the FDA won't let them be sold? Is it just the fresh ones?

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Last updated: Oct. 7, 2012 3:53 am
Posted: Oct. 6, 2012 12:50 pm
Answered by: Baking Nana
Oct. 6, 2012 12:55 pm
I will have to check the FDA recalls - I get 20+ a day - I know from past experience it is usually Salmonella.
Oct. 6, 2012 1:00 pm
Not sure if there is a total ban. Some that were recalled a few months ago related to how they were being grown and the conditions were causing salmonella, I belive.
Oct. 6, 2012 1:02 pm
Let me know what you find. The produce guy said there was 25-26 hundred deaths from them last year!
Oct. 6, 2012 1:13 pm
There is still a ban in place because of the salmonella problem with bean sprouts. And so therefore, many restaurants no longer have sprouts on the menu.
Oct. 6, 2012 1:34 pm
Wow, it's probably 3 or so weeks since I've had my pho fix, they are always served on the side with it. I'll just have to go this week and see if they have them. Good thing it is great even without them ;)
Oct. 6, 2012 1:55 pm
There was a recall by the FDA in 2011 on a cetain brand of sprouts. You might do a more thorough net search, but I don't see on the FDA site any mention of a complete/ongoing ban. They mention a few people have gotten ill in the US. The recent one that made news headlines, I believe was from a farm in Germany. Some food establishments may have stopped sellign them on their own.
Oct. 6, 2012 1:55 pm
...sorry forget the link !!!! ....
Oct. 6, 2012 2:20 pm
Thanks I'll check it out. Egg rolls just not the same without them.
Oct. 6, 2012 3:55 pm
I remember my Grandma used to sprout her own alfalfa sprouts to eat, you could probably do this as well, I'm just not sure what kind of beans they use!
Oct. 6, 2012 4:01 pm
Last I heard they did not recommend sprouting your own anymore as the beans themselves seem to be contaminated.
Oct. 6, 2012 5:52 pm
Very sorry, but Jesus Christ and all the Angels, are we this dumb? Dalmonella can be prevented by proper washing of vegetables, just like washing your hands in a Professional cooking environment. Running water for at least 17 seconds, or washing your hands and food under runnng water for long enough to "sing" the "Happy Birthday" song in all its choruses, for those that do not own a watch or a clock, or have running water. Again, I regret to admit that the amount of the World's food that goes into the dump in face of far spread hunger and need is terrible, and a lot of it is just ignorance... That we should be dumping good food because people are too dumb to wash it in our plentiful water while beging that we contribute to world charities where a tenth of the money is used effectively gets pretty obscene. Will now climb down from my soap box, and keep my silly little opinions to myself.
Cactus Rose
Oct. 6, 2012 6:15 pm
Chairlifter, you're spot on! Good grief, how did civilization make it before refrigeration? Seems so many people are scared witless about eggs, chicken, etc. Just be smart about storage and washing food.
Oct. 6, 2012 8:01 pm
chairlifter, it is not quite that simple with raw sprouts. You might find this .gov article informative.
Oct. 7, 2012 3:53 am
I agree. Years ago when people became ill from eating bad food, it was just accepted as the way it is. Modern science now has far better detection & prevention methods available. In particular with bean sprouts mostly being eaten raw, the types of contamination that is noramlly resolved by cooking doesn't work here. Washing foods contaminated with ecoli or salmonella won't resolve that condition, but cooking will.
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