COVERAGE, MAY 29, 4:59 P.M.) Sidney
Chang of Whatley, Mass.-based Chang Farm said his company followed all U.S.
Food & Drug Administration guidelines leading up to the voluntary
recall of about 15,000 pounds of bean and soy sprouts May 28.
The recall came about
after a sample of product from Chang Farm tested positive for listeria
monocytogenes at a New York retail store.
“(The FDA is) testing our
facility now,” Chang said. “We followed FDA guidelines to test for
salmonella and E. coli 0517:H7. We don’t test for listeria, because they
don’t require that.
“Obviously, in the
future, we’re going to test for everything.”
A spokesman for the FDA
confirmed that it doesn’t require testing for listeria in sprouts.
The product Chang
recalled is packaged in 10-pound bags and 12-ounce plastic bags, labeled
under the Chang Farm Brand as soy sprouts with sell-by dates of May 23 or
24, and bean sprouts with the same use-by dates. The recalled product was
distributed at retail and foodservice locations in the Northeast.
“The product is extremely
perishable,” Chang said. “They would not be around today.”
Chang said his company
had a full range of food safety systems in place, but that after FDA test
results come back, the “whole plan will be examined,” he said.
“We want to make sure our
facility is safe,” Chang said. “We’re going to add more measures. We
thought we were doing the right things.”