We were taken aback by the June 13 article Micro management, on microgreens from Rock Garden. Readers and much of the public may be quick to lump all sprouts together and cast them in a negative light.
It should be noted, however, that sprouts are different from microgreens, and although there have been contamination issues; sprouts provide a wealth of nutrients. Just think of all the recalls associated with spinach, lettuce and cantaloupes. Stores continue to carry them because there is a demand.
Sprouts are misunderstood and not a common item. We grow 15 varieties of sprouts and have been in business since 1978. Food safety is a top priority for us. Every lot is tested on site for √E.Coli and salmonella prior to leaving our facility.
We go above and beyond the required sanitation procedures and are third-party audited. Unfortunately, not all sprout companies adhere to the necessary guidelines and have, therefore, given sprouts a bad reputation.
Olivia Wong, Fullei Fresh, Miami