10 May What information can you give me on sprout production?
WisconsinAnswer: Thank you for contacting ATTRA for information about commercial sprouts production. Please read the on-line sprouts publication available on the ATTRA website.Here is the link: http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/sprout.htmlThis publication includes photocopies of several articles which we can’t provide electronically because of copyright issues. You can call ATTRA at 800-346-9140 to request a hard copy that will include all of the articles.Although the publication is old, I believe that the information is still accurate. The food safety issues about contamination of sprouts because of bacterial infestation of the seed continues to be a concern, industry-wide. The FDA has been working with growers, often through the International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA), to develop acceptable protocols to prevent contaminated sprouts from reaching the consumer. Chlorination is still the recommended method.Many sprout growers test the used wash water for contaminants and find that this is another tool to protect consumers and themselves. Here’s an FDA document that might be of interest as you consider this commercial venture.The ISGA will be having its international convention May 19-22 in downtown Chicago this year. You can find more information about the convention on the ISGA site.