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Sprouts Farmers Market Recalls Organic Black Peppercorns Due to Possible Health Risk

Sprouts Farmers Market Recalls Organic Black Peppercorns Due to Possible
Health Risk

PHOENIX, April 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (the
"Company") is recalling Organic Black Peppercorns sold under the Sprouts brand
name from all stores. This product has the potential to be contaminated with
Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections
in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea,
nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with
Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and
producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected
aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Sprouts Farmers Market Organic Black
Peppercorns
 The product comes in a 2.12-ounce,
 clear glass jar marked with lot #3287
 on the bottom of the container and with
 an expiration date of October 2016.
 Each container is identified with an
 individual label showing the Sprouts
 Farmers Market company logo, the
 description: Organic Black Peppercorns.

Simply Organic
Whole Black
Peppercorns
 As an extra
 precautionary
 measure, Sprouts
 Farmers Market is
 voluntarily
 recalling Simply
 Organic Whole
 Black
 Peppercorns. The
 product comes in
 a 2.65-ounce,
 clear glass jar
 marked with lot
 numbers 3221 and
 3262.

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The recalled Organic Black Peppercorns were distributed to Sprouts Farmers
Market stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada,
Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The product comes in a 2.12-ounce, clear glass jar marked with lot #3287 on
the bottom of the container and with an expiration date of October 2016. Each
container is identified with an individual label showing the Sprouts Farmers
Market company logo, the description: Organic Black Peppercorns.

Sprouts Farmers Market initiated the recall after a sample taken during
routine testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of
Organic Black Peppercorns. Upon learning of the sample result, the company
immediately removed the following product from store shelves and initiated the
process for its destruction:


Brand           Full Product Name         Size/Weight UPC Code        Lot Code
Sprouts Farmers Organic Black Peppercorns 2.12oz      8-74875-00425-4 3287
Market

As an extra precautionary measure, the company is voluntarily recalling the
following items from its grocery shelves and bulk departments:


Brand           Full Product Name       Size/Weight UPC Code        Lot Code
Frontier        Organic Whole Black     16oz        0-89836-02603-3 3256
                Peppercorns
Sprouts Farmers Organic Black           2.12oz      8-74875-00425-4 3246
Market          Peppercorns
Simply Organic  Whole Black Peppercorns 2.65oz      0-89836-18524-2 3221, 3262

Customers who have purchased any of the products mentioned in this release are
urged not to use or consume them and return them to any Sprouts Farmers Market
for a full refund. Customer safety and product integrity is of the utmost
importance to Sprouts Farmers Market. The company is committed to alerting our
customers of hazardous or defective products in a timely and accurate manner.

Customers with questions may contact Sprouts Farmers Market's Customer
Relations Department Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm PT at (480) 814-8016 or
email us at customerrelations@sprouts.com.

About Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and
organic foods at great prices. We offer a complete shopping experience that
includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged
groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods,
natural body care and household items catering to consumers' growing interest
in health and wellness. Recently named one of the top five supermarket chains
by Consumer Reports and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts Farmers
Market employs more than 15,000 team members and operates more than 170 stores
in nine states.

CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Donna Egan
         (602) 682-3152
         donnaegan@sprouts.com

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