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I've heard that sprouts can be responsible for e-coli, salmonella, and other bacterial outbreaks, is it safe for me to grow and eat them?

Author: Nory Oakes Reference Number: AA-00249 Views: 2130 Created: 09/19/2011 10:01 Last Updated: 01/25/2012 09:14 0 Rating/ Voters


When grown in the right conditions, absolutely! The EasyGreenTM is a complete system designed to grow sprouts under the most hygienic conditions; however it is important to follow each of our sterile growing guidelines.

For complete safety, the FDA recommends soaking seeds for 30 minutes in a solution of 200cc  (1/2 U.S. cup measure plus 5 1/2 tablespoons) of bleach per gallon of clean water prior to growing.

Bleach provides the most effective solution, however if you have allergies or chemical sensitivities, try using a solution of 1 gallon of water to 200cc  (1/2 U.S. cup measure plus 5 1/2 tablespoons)  of hydrogen peroxide (HP 3% concentrate). Some growers prefer the more environmentally and health-friendly method of filling up the sink with water, adding the fully grown sprouts and applying ozone gas. Ozone has no side effects and many labs use it as disinfectant during their medical procedures.

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