The Problem with Sprouts
7/14/2000-According to Food Safety Network
Technical Report #16 by Sylvanus Thompson
and D.A. Powell, seed sprouts have emerged
as a significant source of foodborne illness.
The authors claims that consumption of fresh
sprouts has become a public health concern
of some magnitude. The failure of efforts
by regulatory authorities and industry to
ensure the safety of the product resulted
in raw sprouts being declared, in the U.S.,
a high-risk food to the general public. Several
methods were used to communicate the risks
to the public, including press releases and
health hazard alerts from authorities, widespread
media coverage, public meetings, and scientific
reports in journals. There has been little
public discussion in Canada. The effectiveness
of the risk management and communication
strategies used is unclear as there are still
numerous reports of sprout-associated outbreaks.
For more information, see the Food Safety Network.