Selling Sprouts

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Regulations for Specific Products: Selling Sprouts

Regional Markets Program Lead: Laura Raymond
General Phone: (206) 256-6157


Sprouts are known for their nutritional value and as a healthy food. However, sprouts have also been associated with multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and recalls in recent years. Harmful microorganisms tend to grow quickly in the warm and humid conditions that are needed to help the raw seeds sprout. Technically, sprouts are classified as a "potentially hazardous food" in the Washington State Retail Food Code, meaning time/temperature controls are required "to limit pathogenic microorganism growth or toxin formation."

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