WKYT | Lexington, Kentucky | News

Kroger stops selling sprouts due to health risk

NEW YORK (AP) - Kroger says it has stopped stocking sprouts as of Monday because of their "potential food safety risk."

The nation's largest traditional grocer joins Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, which pulled sprouts in 2010.

The grocer says current technology can't assure that sprouts are safe to eat because germs can reside inside the seeds.

Payton Pruett, Kroger Co.'s vice president of food safety, adds that Kroger is open to revisiting this policy when safety can be assured.

The government says sprouts have been tied to at least 30 outbreaks of illnesses such as salmonella and E. coli since 1996. Thoroughly cooking sprouts reduces the risk of illness.

Kroger, based in Cincinnati, operates more than 2,400 stores in 31 states.

Kroger's shares rose 22 cents to $25.35 Monday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 175313421 - wkyt.com/a?a=175313421