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Sunflower seed Listeria threat causes recalls of salad, trail mix

Diverse foods, ranging from Trader Joes’ broccoli and kale chicken salad to Brown & Haley Mountain Thins trail mix, were added today to the 100 or so snack products recalled Tuesday because of Listeria-contaminated sunflower seeds.

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Also added to the recalls today were bulk sunflower seeds sold at some of Giant Eagle’s Market District stores in Ohio.

Giant Eagle’s recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website names SunOpta Inc. as the supplier of the sunflower seeds. SunOpta recalled Planters brand and Dakota’s Best brand snacks Tuesday because of possible Listeria contamination of sunflower seeds.

Dozens of other products including protein bars, nuts, trail mix and sunflower seeds were also recalled Tuesday because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a recall notice from TreeHouse Foods Inc.

“Giant Eagle supplier SunOpta has informed the company that sunflower seeds sold in the bulk section of its Carmel Market District have been voluntarily recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination,” according to the Giant Eagle recall.

The affected product was sold in the bulk foods sections of the Carmel Market District with a PLU of 65167. It was available for purchase both loose within the bulk bin between Feb. 15, 2016, and May 3, 2016, and in pre-packaged containers with sell by dates of Aug. 1, 2016, through Aug. 19, 2016.

“Customers who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to their local Market District store for a refund,” Giant Eagle’s recall recommends.

“In addition to this public communication regarding this recall, Giant Eagle initiated its consumer recall telephone notification process. The consumer recall process uses purchase data and consumer telephone numbers housed in the Giant Eagle Advantage Card database to alert those households that purchased the affected product and have updated telephone contact information in the database.”

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Brown & Haley trail mix
Although the company did not name the supplier of the sunflower seeds, Brown & Haley of Tacoma, WA, also attributed its recall today to possible Listeria contamination of sunflower seeds.

Only one Brown & Haley product, Mountain Thins Trail Mix, is subject to the recall, according to the company’s notice on the FDA website.

“Brown & Haley was notified by our supplier of sunflower seeds of the possibility that some sunflower seeds provided to Brown & Haley may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,” according to the recall notice.

Mountain Thins Trail Mix flavor was distributed to select retail stores nationwide. Lots being recalled were distributed between March 7 and April 25 this year.

Identifying packaging codes are listed in the recall notice.

Neither Giant Eagle nor Brown & Haley indicated the volume of product under recall.

Trader Joe’s recalls almost 17 tons of salad
Complete distribution details were not provided in the recall notice for Trader Joe’s brand Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with white chicken meat. However, the manufacturer, Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods of Vallejo, CA, did report the potentially contaminated food was shipped to Trader Joe’s distributors in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah.

The 33,610 pounds of slaw-salad was produced April 26 through May 1 and has “USE BY” dates of 05/02 through 05/07. Other identifying label information on the clear plastic containers includes:

“9.3-OZ. Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat; Sunflower Seeds, Cranberries and a sweet & Spicy Vinaigrette.”

The recalled slaw-salad also bears establishment number “P-17156” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

“The problem was discovered on May 3, 2016, when the company’s vendor of sunflower seeds notified the company that the product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,” according to the recall notice for the Trader Joe’s slaw-salad.

“According to the recalling firm, all affected product has been removed from the market channels. FSIS will verify removal through recall effectiveness checks.”

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