The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (Aesan) warned this Tuesday of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella spp in sprouted alfalfa sprouts from brands Fresquia and Tugas. They recommend that people who have products affected by this alert at home refrain from consuming them.
If you have consumed any of the products from the affected batches and present symptoms compatible with listeriosis or salmonellosis (which include vomiting, diarrhea or fever), Aesan recommends go to a health center.
Regarding the Fresquia brand, Aesan specified that it received an alert notification sent by the health authorities of Galicia regarding the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella in sprouted alfalfa sprouts and sprouted alfalfa sprouts with arugula.
Specifically, the affected products are the lot L0101-45-04-23 of organic sprouted alfalfa sprouts, sold in a 70 gram bag and with an expiration date of December 5 of this year, and the lot L0110-45-01-23 of organic sprouted sprouts of alfalfa with arugula, with the same presentation and expiration date of December 2.
Likewise, regarding the Tugas brand, the agency received a warning notification from the Galician health authorities regarding the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the lot L4111012S318D of germinated alfalfa sprouts, presented in a 50-gram bag and with an expiration date of December 2 of this year.
The information has been transferred to the competent authorities of the autonomous communities through the Coordinated System for Rapid Information Exchange (Sciri) in order to verify it. the withdrawal of affected products from marketing channels.
Aesan reminds us of the importance of taking extreme hygiene measures to avoid cross contamination with other products. They specify that raw foods may contain bacteria or other pathogenic microorganisms, so they must be cooked well or washed properly if they are to be consumed raw. Additionally, hands and utensils should be washed thoroughly with soap and water after handling raw foods, or separate cutting boards and knives should be used for raw and cooked foods.
On the other hand, taking into account the special risk that listeria poses for pregnant women, they recommend consulting the consumption recommendations during pregnancy made by the AESAN regarding safety practices. Food hygiene important for pregnant women. These recommendations include a list of foods to avoid because they are associated with certain biological hazards (among which Listeria monocytogenes stands out).