Since this subject of sprouts was brought up by another team member I thought I might add this from the Sprout People website:
A snippet from the article "The Politics of Sprouts" ...(as) this issue of sprout safety keeps coming up, we could add more current documents. Probably we should, but frankly it is always a rehash of the same old crap. It just makes our blood boil. Every time there is an outbreak, a ton of people just stop eating sprouts, another ton writes to us asking if our seed is safe, and another ton goes out on the web dissing sprouts. It's miserable! We always suffer. So if you never see anything new here please know that we are just protecting ourselves from unnecessary stress.
I will say this one more time: Organic sprouting seed has never been blamed for an outbreak of food-borne illness. Regardless of that, all of our seed (the 100 plus organic varieties, and the one conventional seed) is tested, and found free of pathogenic bacteria. We have never sanitized seed before sprouting it, and we have never stopped eating sprouts. If you feel unsafe about eating your own homegrown sprouts, then don't grow any. As always, it's up to you to determine what you need to believe in. Be well and happy.
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