Ireland Issues Guidelines for Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Sprouted Seeds

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published guidelines for the safe production of sprouted seeds to be consumed raw, following the recent outbreaks of E. coli O104:H4 in Germany and France linked to the consumption of these seeds.  These guidelines introduce pathogen control measures for seed suppliers and sprouted seed producers.  These include testing and certification requirements for seeds and a disinfection step and testing for sprouted seeds. The measures are being introduced to reduce risks to consumers’ health.

These Guidelines, published soon after the German outbreak, should be of interest to sprouted-seed producers worldwide.

The Guidelines are posted below: