Salmonella in Alfalfa Sprouts Prompts Recall in Massachusetts


Jonathan’s Sprouts of Rochester, MA, has widened the recall of its sprout products due to Salmonella contamination. The recall now includes all sell-by dates, including its conventional, organic, and bulk products. The recall includes other sprouts, such as radish, dill, and gourmet mix. Check below for stores where these products were sold. Do not eat them! Return them to the store for a refund.

More information: FDA Recall Press Release.



The USDA has found Salmonella, a dangerous bacteria related to food poisoning, in Jonathan’s Alfalfa Sprouts products.

alfalfa.jpgSalmonella, if ingested, can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness and infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The symptoms of Salmonella include fever, diarrhea (possibly bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.


Jonathans Sprouts has issued an immediate recall of the following effected products:

  • Jonathan’s 4oz Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Jonathan’s 4oz Alfalfa with Radish Sprouts
  • Jonathan’s 4oz Gourmet Sprouts
  • Jonathan’s 4oz Alfalfa with Dill Sprouts
  • Jonathan’s 8oz Alfalfa Sprouts
Only these products with a sell-by date of 4/23/11 are affected by the recall.  If you have purchased any of these defective products, you are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The recall affects the following stores in Massachusetts: A&P, Grand Union, Stop & Shop, Shaws, Hannaford, Donnelans, Foodmaster, Truccis, and Roche Brothers.

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Warning to Massachusetts Residents: Tea Light Candles Recalled Due to Holder Burn/Melt Risk

Over 7 million candles have been recalled due to concerns that the cup holding the candles could melt or catch fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that the defective products, tea light type candles, were sold under the brand names Chesapeake Bay Candle and Modern Light. 

The affected candles were sold in Massachusetts and nationwide at retailers such as Home Goods, Target, and Wegmans between July 2009 and February 2011.

The clear plastic cup holding the candles is at risk for melting or igniting during use.  There has been one consumer report of the candle’s plastic cup melting during use.

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Consumer Safety Alert: 1.8 Million Plastic Toys Recalled from Family Dollar Stores

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the voluntary recall of 1.8 million toy dart gun sets sold at Family Dollar Stores after they were involved in the asphyxiation deaths of two young boys.

The CPSC issued the recall in cooperation with the Charlotte, North Carolina discount store. The importer, Henry Gordy International, Inc., of Plainfield, N.J. refused to recall the soft, plastic toy, which poses a risk if a child places it in his mouth. The defective toy can be inhaled into the throat and prevent a child from breathing. The toy was sold exclusively through Family Dollar Stores from September 2005 through January 2009 for about $1.50.

“Parents should take these toys out of their child’s hands immediately,” said Massachusetts personal injury attorney David W. White of Breakstone, White & Gluck in Boston. “Given the size of this recall, you really want to take a minute to look through your toy bin if you do any shopping at the Family Dollar Stores.”

A 9-year-old boy in Chicago, Illinois and a 10-year-old boy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin suffered asphyxiation deaths while playing with the toy, which was manufactured in China. No Massachusetts consumer safety problems have been announced.

Consumers should discard the toys or return them to a Family Dollar store for a full refund. For additional information, contact Family Dollar at (800) 547-0359 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at

For more information, read the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall. announcement.

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