Third company recalls microgreen seeds because of Salmonella concerns

Junction Microfarm (dba Junction Microgreens) is recalling certain broccoli seeds because of possible Salmonella contamination.

The recall was triggered by the company and is the third recall of broccoli sprouting seeds posted in recent days. The seeds should not be used to grow microgreens or other sprouts.

The recalled product has been sold in Ontario at The Junction Farmers Market in Toronto.

Recalled products:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
None – sold by Junction Microgreens Broccoli seeds Approximately 12 g None Sold from June 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021 at The Junction Farmers Market, Toronto, Ontario

As of the posting of this recall, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the product.

Consumers should check to see if you have the recalled product in their home

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advises those who have the recalled product not to consume or use the recalled product.

The recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

About Salmonella infections

Food that is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria usually does not look, smell or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled seeds and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. 

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.

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