Local Business Hurting After Alfalfa-Sprouts Warnings - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Business Hurting After Alfalfa-Sprouts Warnings

KHQ.COM - Evergreen Produce Inc. in Moyie Springs has been in business for more than 23 years, but a recent warning by the United States Food and Drug Administration is ruining the business according to owner Nadine Scharf.

The FDA tested Evergreens Sprouts, seeds and facility two weeks ago, twice, but do not have conclusive results stating that Evergreens alfalfa and spicy sprouts are tainted.

The FDA suggested consumers throw out all sprouts from Evergreen Produce.

They say the sprouts have made 20 people sick, people as far away as the east coast. The problem is Evergreen produce does not distribute sprouts to anywhere but Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint.

Since the warning was issued the company has laid off 10 employees and production has been cut in half.

Local grocery stores, meanwhile, have taken all four varieties of the sprouts off the shelves, and stopped ordering form Evergreen, even though the sprouts have not been positively linked to the contamination.

Scharf tells us the test results will take between 7 and 10 days before they can even find out if they are actually associated with the illnesses.

For now the company is hoping the FDA's investigation will clear them of any contaminated products so they can get back to work.

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