Sprouts in the News

Sprouts are often covered in the news. Whether it’s about the amazing health benefits of eating sprouts, sprout safety news or whether sprouts can be patented, sprouts are never shy to be in the spotlight.

Sprouts in the Press

Enjoy our archive of sprout news stories. We frequently add new sprout news stories to this page, so please visit us again in the future.

“2,000-Year-Old Seed Sprouts, Sapling Is Thriving” John Roach, for National Geographic News, November 22, 2005.

“A Green Giant?, Souped-up broccoli may be new cancer weapon”, By Liz Lynch, HealthSCOUT Reporter.

“About sprouts and enzymes… There’s more to sprouts than just a little crunch in your salad”, by Sol Azulay, San Diego Earth Times, November 1997.

“Additional Salmonella Cases Sprouting Up”,  February 23, 2001, The Edmonton Sun, Paul Cowan.

“Alfalfa Seed Company, FDA, USDA And Supporting Cast , Comment On Seed Withdrawal”, Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, May 12, 2009.

“Alfalfa Seed Rejected”, SproutNet.com, ISS, September 10, 2000.

“Alfalfa Sprouts and Disease Prevention” A News Extract from the Annual Review of Nutrition, 17:353-381 1997, DIETARY PHYTOESTROGENS, By Kurtzer MS, Xu X.

“Alfalfa Sprouts and Their Unusual Effect on Cholesterol”, Stephen T. Carney, CLC Nutraceuticals, LLC

“Alfalfa Sprouts Connected with Prevention of Menopausal Symptoms, Osteoporosis, Cancer and Heart Disease”,  A News Extract from the Annual Review of Nutrition, 17:353-381 1997, DIETARY PHYTOESTROGENS, By Kurtzer MS, Xu X.

“Alfalfa sprouts – your secret anti-ageing weapon” by Brenda Chew, TODAY, August 1, 2005

“All Clear’ Signal Still Not Given On Sprouts” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, May 27, 2009.

“An Anticancer Clover” An Extract from “In Concert Against Cancer”, October, 1998, By Willow Older.

“Another Grower Prevents an Outbreak”, Sproutnet, International Specialty Supply, November 12, 2001.

“Another Reason Sprout Production Workers Need to Scurb Hands After Breaks”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, May 25, 2001.

“Anti-Aging Agents In The Produce Aisle –  Antioxidant-Rich Fruits, Veggies Turn Back Clock”, Erik Nelson, Special To Channel 300, April 6, 1999, Medford, Mass.

“Anticancer Clover”, October, 1998, By Willow Older

“Antioxidant Analysis”, May 1999  Food Technology Magazine.

“Antioxidant Capacity of Alfalfa Sprouts” A News Extract from Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 44: (11) 3426-3431 Nov. 1996, ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY OF TEA AND COMMON VEGETABLES. By Cav GH, Sofic E, Prior RL.

“Antioxidant Capacity of Tea  and Common Vegetables”, Cav GH, Sofic E, Prior R, A News Extract from Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 44: (11) 3426-3431 Nov. 1996.

“Antioxidants for Memory”, Source: “Can Foods Forestall Aging.” Agricultural Research. U.S.D.A. February 1999, p. 15-17. Mary P. Clarke, PhD Extension Specialist, Nutrition Education

“Are Dirt Grown Sprouts a Health Hazard?”, SproutNet, October 20, 2002

“Battle Over Broccoli – Former President George Bush isn’t the only one who finds broccoli a pain.  Ask Greg Lynn”, April/May 2002, Law & Politics, by Peter Floss.

“Bean Color Source of Antioxidant Activity”, 12/4/2003.

“Benefits of Wheatgrass”, by Steve Meyerowitz, Sproutman ®

Brassica Lawsuit“, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, August 18, 2001.

“Brassica Petitions for a Rehearing on “Broccoli Sprout” Patents”, SproutNet, September 16, 2002, Bob Rust

“Brassica Sues Two More Growers and A Seed Company”, SproutNet,International Specialty Supply, November 26, 2000,

“Broccoli Forces Cancer cells to Commit Suicide” British Brassica Growers Association , June 12, 1998.

“Broccoli may help beat bladder cancer” Wed Aug 3, 2005 8:28 PM BST, By Alison McCook, NEW YORK (Reuters Health)

“Broccoli May Bolster Body’s Defenses Against Heart Disease and Stroke” May 3rd, 2004, University of Saskatchawan. May 03, 2004.

“Broccoli Packs Powerful Punch To Bladder Cancer Cells” Researchers have isolated compounds from the vegetable broccoli that they believe may help prevent or slow the progress of bladder cancer. PhysOrg.com, July 28, 2005.

“Broccoli Sprouts Can’t Be Patented, Judge Says”, Sacramento Business Journal, Celia Lamb.

“Broccoli Sprouts Eaten During Pregnancy May Provide Children with Life-long Protection against Heart Disease” University of Saskatchewan News, Tuesday, January 31, 2006.

“Broccoli Sprouts Join War on Cancer”,  The Sunday Telegraph, Catherine Elsworth, 09-28-1997,  pp 08.

“Broccoli Sprouts Fight Ulcers and Cancer”, By Rick Weiss

“Broccoli sprouts relieves gastritis, possibly help prevent gastric cancer” By David Liu, Ph.D. Nov 1, 2005, 09:57, Foodconsumer.org

“Broccoli Shown to Fight Cancer-causing Bacterium”, Prepared Foods Magazine, June 4, 2002

“Broccoli Sprouts vs. Bladder Cancer? Study: Broccoli Sprout Extract Reduced Bladder Cancer in Lab Tests on Rats”, By Miranda Hitti, WebMD Medical News, Feb. 28, 2008.

“By knocking out certain Salmonella genes, ARS food safety researchers may discover genes are crucial to this microbe’s ability to attack foods”, USDA ARS, September 18, 2000

“Canadians Slow to Wake Up to the Dangers of High-Risk Foods”, July 24, 2000, K-W Record, by Jim Romahn.

“Cancer-fighting Broccoli Sprouts Patent Fight”, By Victoria Slind-Flor, American Lawyer Media, November 29, 2000.

“Claimed Method for Selecting Sprouts Having Anti-Carcinogenic Characteristics Found to Be Anticipated-Ask Your Mother”, By John Prince, Law Firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, September 2002, Patents / Inherency.

“Clover Sprouts and Menopause”A News Extract from the Annual Review of Nutrition, 17:353-381 1997, DIETARY PHYTOESTROGENS By Kurtzer MS, Xu X.

“Court Upholds Denial of Broccoli Sprout Patent”, The Packer Magazine, September 3, 2002, By Jim Offner.

“Court Upholds Redress for Farmer – State fined over wrongful report about food poisoning”The Japan Times: Feb. 20, 2004

CSPI Backs ISS Seed Screening Program as a Risk Reduction Measure for Sprouts“.  Center for Science in the Public Interest, Letter to FDA, July 18, 2005.

“Damages Suit by Kaiware Growers Against Government Rejected”, May 30, 2001, Associated Press

“Dangerous Seed on American Market”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, May 23, 2000.

“Discussion Of FDA’s Unclear Sprout Guidelines By Jonathan’s Sanderson And Rutgers’ Schaffner” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, June 4, 2009.

“Do Sprouts Need Nutritional Labeling?”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, September 2, 2002

“Double Whammy for E. coli and Salmonella”, Food & Nutrition Research Briefs, USDA ARS, July 1999.

“Dr. Perricone’s 10 Superfoods”, Oprah.com

“Eat 5 to Nine a Day” Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Eat Your Vegetables”, NewsChannel 5 at Noon, 8/8/2002

“Eating Broccoli Regularly Helps to Ward Off Stomach Cancer” London Free Press, Mon, May 4, 2009, By Dr. Richard Beliveau

“Eating Well Food News, Super-Broccoli Bred to Fight Cancer”, PSA rising Magazine, Prostrate Cancer News, May 25 2000.

“Fake Broccoli Sprouts”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, January 6, 2002.

“Farmer Wins Compensation After Government Blames Radish Sprouts for Food Poisoning”, (Mainichi Daily News, Japan, Feb. 19, 2004).

“Fast Testing For Pathogens Necessary” Perishable Pundit Overview, Perishable Pundit, Jim Prevor, October 13, 2006.

“FDA Alerts Sprout Growers and Retailers About Specific Lots of Alfalfa Seed Potentially Contaminated with Salmonella”, United States Food and  Drug Administration, May 1, 2009.

“FDA Weighing Use of Pooled Sprout Water Samples for Testing”, Mary Ellen Butler, Food Chemical News, October 23, 2000, Volume 42, Number 36,

“Five Steps to Safe Sprout Production”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, August 26, 2001

“Food For Thought”, SproutNet, ISS, August 21, 2000

“Food Irradiation and Chlorine Team Up to Kill E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella”,  By Doris Stanley Lowe, June 1, 1999

“Foods that score high in an antioxidant assay called ORAC may protect cells and their components from oxidative damage, according to studies of animals and of human blood”, Human Nutrition, ARS Quarterly Report, January – March 1999

“Fresh Sprouts are a Whole Food, Filled With Enzymes and Nutritional Value!”, Living and Raw Foods, Alkalizeforhealth.net

“Fuji Natural Foods Announces Recall of Alfalfa Sprouts”, April 17, 2001, California Department of Health Services News Release

“Gov’t to Appeal Ruling Over Damages for Sprout Growers” May 29, 2003, AP

“Grocers Demand Produce Inspections”, June 4, 2001, Associated Press, Philip Brasher.

“Growers Angered by CDC’s “Old News””, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, January 13, 2002

“Guilty by Association”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, February 19, 2002.

“High Court Orders Gov’t to Redress Radish Sprout Growers”, May 21/03, Kyodo

“Health Benefits of Sprouts”, Steve Meyerowitz

“Health Hazard Alert, Alfalfa Sprouts May Contain Klebsiella Pneumoniae Bacteria”, Canada Food inspection Agency, Ottawa, July 14, 1999.

“High-ORAC Foods May Slow Aging”, By Judy McBride, February 8, 1999, USDA ARS.

“Highlighting the Problems”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, June 5, 2002.

“High-Selenium Broccoli Stymies Some Cancers”, Science Update was published in the April 2002 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

“Hold the Sprouts”, February 9, 2002, From a press release.

“Hope Sprouts Eternal”, American Vegetable Gardner, September, 2001, Editorial by Rick Melnick.

“Insights On The Alfalfa Sprout Advisory” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, April 28, 2009.

“Irradiation in the Production, Processing and Handling of Food”, October 30, 2000, Federal Register: Volume 65, Number 210), Rules and Regulations, Page 64605-64607.

“Is “Ess” Better Than “Omm”?”,  SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, July 24, 2001.

ISS Screened Sprouting Seed”, SproutNet,International Specialty Supply, April 16, 2002.

“ISS Seed Screening Seen Theoretically as Substantial Log Reduction”SproutNet.com, September 16, 2009 Bob Rust, reviewed/edited by Martin Cole.

“ISS Rejects Contaminated Seed”, SproutNet, ISS, September 4, 2000.

“Latest Nutrition News”, Steve Meyerowitz

“Leafy Green Veggies Cut Colon Cancer Risk in Half”, Nutra Ingredients, 06/07/02

“Manure Use Common, But is it Safe?”,  E.coli Cases Raise Experts’ Suspicions About Longtime Agriculture Practice”, August 5, 2000, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Karen Herzog.

“Meat Equivalent for Vegetarians,” By Dr K. C. Kanwar, The Tribune, Chandigarh, India, Wednesday, November 25, 1998

“Method Patents for Seed Sprouts Are Invalid Due to Features Inherent in Prior Art”, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, D.C., August 30, 2002

Minimizing Microbes on Fresh-Cut Foods,  Agricultural Research magazine, June 1999.

“More ‘Summing Up’ Of Sprout Situation” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, May 29, 2009

“Mouse in the Bag Scenario”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, June 30, 2002.

“Natural Toxins in Sprouted Seeds: Separating Myth from Reality”, By Warren Peary and William Peavy, Ph.D.

“New test for contaminated sprouts” 20.nov.07. Ontario Farmer, Jim Romahn

“Outbreak of S. Enteritidis PT4B Infection in the Netherlands”, December 20, 2000, Eurosurveillance Weekly.

“Ozone Petition”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, September 21, 2000.

“Patent Battle a Big Victory for Farmers”, Capital Press, September 13, 2001, By Cookson Beecher

“Patent War Sprouts Up Over Broccoli”, November 14, 2000, Seattle Times

“Power Sprouts, They’re Even Better Than Broccoli at Fighting Cancer”, Time Magazine, September 29, 1997 VOL. 150 NO. 13, By Christine Gorman.

“Phytochemicals”, September 30, 2002, By Jody Shee.

“Pundit’s Mailbag – Sprout Doubt… What Constitutes A Direct Link?” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, May 15, 2009.

“Pushing 65? Mind Your Menu”, April 17, 2001, Washington Post, Page HE13.

“Questions Keep Sprouting About Sprouts”, FDA Consumer magazine, January-February 1999, by Paula Kurtzweil

“Raw Sprouts Linked to Food Poisoning”, April 11, 2002, The Calgary Herald.

“Reality Check”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, August 26, 2001.

“Recommendation For An ‘Appropriate’ Seed-screening Program” Shows FDA Unwilling To Take Responsibility For Its Recommendations” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, May 12, 2009.

“Researcher Finds Way to Rid Sprouts of Salmonella”, August 12, 2003, The Windsor Star, Sharon Hill Agriculture Writer.

“Rethink Food-Safety Habits: E. coli, Salmonella Lurk in Items We Tend to Think of as Clean”, June 14, 2000, The Montreal Gazette.

“Safe Sprouts.  It is a Matter of Risk Reduction”, Sproutnet, International Specialty Supply, August 26, 2001.

“Safer Sprouts”, August 4, 2000, Agricultural Research Service.

“Saponins for Health: What will they think of next?”, Timely Topics from the Department of Human Nutrition, K-State Research and Extension, Mary Clarke, Ph.D.

Salad Cosmo Recalls Clover Sprouts – 18 Cases of Salmonellosis Linked to Contaminated Product, Safety Alerts, June 6, 1999.

“Scientists Seek Strategies to Safeguard Fresh Sprouts”, July 27, 2000, ARS News Service, Agricultural Research Service, USDA.

“Seed Sampling of Blended Lot”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, June 5, 2002.

“Seeds of Controversy: Battle is Growing Between Farmers and Company Over Patented Broccoli Sprouts” by Jane Dornbusch, Boston Harold, Wednesday, August 8, 2001.

“Seeking One Good Sprout Grower And One Good Retailer – Primus Steps Up” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, June 2, 2009.

“Should Sprouts Be Trashed?”, SproutNet, May 5, 2002, International Specialty Supply, June 5, 2002.

“Silence of the Calves”, Organized crime registry – hosted by James Graham,This article originally appeared in Archipelago magazine.

“Souped-up Broccoli May Be New Cancer Weapon”, By Liz Lynch, HealthSCOUT Reporter.

“Sprout Growers Fight Suit By ‘Corporate Opportunists’,” From The January 2001 Issue of Natural Foods Merchandiser.

“Sprout Growers Win Broccoli Lawsuit!”, SproutNet, International Specialty Supply, August 11, 2001.

“Sprout Industry Supplier Leading Industry Toward Safer Sprouts”, Steve Meyerowitz, April 7, 2000.

“Sprout redux”, 04.dec.06, Commentary from the Food Safety Network, Douglas Powell.

“Sprout Safety Training Video Available”, SproutNet, ISS, July 12, 2000

“Sprouts Alive and Sun Sprout Brands of Sprouts May Contain Salmonella Bacteria”, Ottawa, March 14, 2002, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

“Sprouts are Health Food for the Centuries”, Detroit Free Press, March 24, 1999, By  Carol J.G. Ward, Knight Ridder Newspapers.

“Sprouts Cleared from Deadliest Outbreak Attributed to Sprouts” SproutNet, January 31, 2005

“Sprouts Fingered as E. coli Culprit: Five summer victims linked to food grown outside the county”, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Fri, Sep. 27, 2002

“Sprouts for Optimum Nutrition”, healthlibrary.com

“Sprouts in Canada”, Jan. 11/02,  Douglas Powell, Katija Blaine and Ben Chapman, Commentary from the Food Safety Network.

“Sprouts Infected Thousands in Late 1990s”, Reuters, Monday August 20 5:24 PM ET.

“Sprouts Round Up” Jim Trevor’s Perishable Pundit.

“State Ordered to Compensate Farmer over O-157”, March 15, 2002, Associated Press.

“Study: Broccoli Sprout Extract Reduced Bladder Cancer in Lab Tests on Rats”WebMD Medical News, March 4, 2008.

“Study Suggests Leafy Greens Trim Colon Cancer Risk”, The Packer Magazine, By The Packer Staff.

“Study Suggests Sprouts Block Ulcers and Cancer”, Rx: broccoli for the stomach, Rick Weiss, The Washington Post, Wednesday, May 29, 2002.

“Taking Steps Toward Safer Sprouts”, SproutNet, ISS, June 22, 2000.

“Terminal Prices for Sprouts”, December 4, 2006.

“Testing Sprout Seeds” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, May 22, 2009.

“Testing Sprout Seed Before It Ships” Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, May 20, 2009.

“Top Court Rejects State Appeal in 1996 Food Poisoning Case” December 15, 2004, Japan Today.

“Two Processing Methods for the Isolation of Salmonella from Naturally Contaminated Alfalfa Seeds”, Journal of Food Protection: Vol. 64, No. 8, pp. 1240-1243., Gregory B. Inami, Sue Ming C. Lee, Robin W. Hogue, and Rita A. Brenden.

“USDA Molecular Biologist Wins Research Award”, USDA ARS, February 13, 2002.

“Vegetable extracts may aid breast cancer prevention” August 9, 2005, By Keith T. Mead, Special to The Clarion-Ledger

“Voluntary Recall of Raw Mung Bean Sprouts and Chop Suey Mix”, Press Release, California Department of Health Services, Office of Public Affairs, August 23, 2000.

“Wash Up, But Don’t Touch Those Taps Afterward: You Can’t Get Rid of E.Coli, But You Can Keep it Under Control with a Few Simple Steps”, June 5, 2001, Globe and Mail, Marissa Nelson.

“What Happens to Rejected Lots?”, Sproutnet, International Specialty Supply, August 16, 2001.