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Cor Hurkx (Evers Specials) respond to Kroger sprout boycot:

"In the US beansprout production is of a different order than within the EU"

The American retailer Koger indicated that they would no longer be selling beansprouts as a result of the potential food safety risk. The company, located in Cincinnati operates over 2,400 stores in 31 states. The company says they can not guarantee that the beansprouts are safe for consumption, due to the pathogens in the seeds. Kroger has indicated that they would review the policy if the safety can be guaranteed.

According to Cor Hurkx of Evers Specials removing various products from the shelves for all kinds of reasons is normal. "The product beansprouts needs extra attention in the chain, but if it receives this attention, it's worth it. In the United States the production of beansprouts is of a different order than in the European Union. Here we took a different route in terms of food safety and improvement courses a long time ago. And this approach has obviously lead to a much better situation for the consumer."

"The beansprout sector in Europe recently unanimously decided to put their heads together even more. I am convinced that we as a sector can continue to serve the consumer with safe, high value, and appreciated products," continues Cor. "Now growers associations in the US are approaching their colleagues in Europe. Most likely to learn from our approach. Kroger is trying to force improvements with this action. Evidence that the new - hopefully temporary for our US colleagues - goodbye was said by the retailer with regret."

For more information:
Cor Hurkx
Evers Specials
Stationsstraat 33
6515 AA, Nijmegen
Tel: 0031 243481422
Fax: 0031 243482140
Mob: 0031 653345194

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