U.S. added to microgreens recall related to listeria

09:04AM Apr 27, 2018
Seven microgreens products from Greenbelt Greenhouse distributed to Whole Foods stores in Washington have been recalled after a state agency's inspection detection listeria.
( Greenbelt Greenhouse )

Products in the U.S. have been added to a recall on greenhouse microgreens originating in Canada, and the company has halted all production and shipping as an investigation into the source of Listeria monocytogenes continues.

Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd., Lynden, Ontario, recalled 19 products distributed in British Columbia and Alberta on April 24. On April 26, the company, through a notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, announced a recall of seven Greenbelt Microgreens brand products at Whole Foods stores in Washington.

No illnesses have been linked to the Canadian or U.S. recalls.

According to the FDA notice, the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the presence of listeria in a sample of Broccoli Microgreens, prompting the company to recall the limited distribution to the Whole Foods stores in the U.S.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which announced the Canadian recall, did not indicate where in the supply chain the listeria was detected, or the specific product involved.

The products are in a variety of sizes and “best before” dates. In the U.S., the microgreens packs were shipped April 11-24 to the Whole Foods stores in Washington.

Products in the Greenbelt Microgreens line include:

  • Arugula microgreens;
  • Broccoli microgreens;
  • Fresh Microgreen Mix;
  • Sweet & Crunchy Microgreen Mix;
  • Spicy Microgreen Mix; and
  • Sunflower Microgreens.