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Sunflower kernel supplier juggles executives in wake of recalls

Jim Gratzek

The Canadian food company behind the massive Listeria-related recall of sunflower kernels that has led to secondary recalls of dozens of snack products from the likes of Planters, Kellogg, Nature Valley and Trader Joe’s is shuffling executives in an effort to clean up operations and prepare the company for possible sale. Top leaders of SunOpta… Continue Reading

Maytag Dairy taking months to clean up Listeria problem

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Iowa-based Maytag Dairy Farms remains closed and is not expected to resume operations until at least fall in the wake of six recalls earlier this year after Listeria monocytogenes was detected in its blue cheese. The Newton, IA, company issued the initial three recalls Feb. 13, 18 and 26, followed by recalls from three retailers… Continue Reading

CRF frozen veg plant looks to reopen; Listeria cause unknown

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Federal officials haven’t updated their reports on the Listeria outbreak related to the CRF Frozen Foods Inc. production plant in Pasco, WA, or revealed the root cause of contamination in the facility, but newspapers in the area are reporting the operation may soon reopen. The reports are good news for more than 300 employees, some… Continue Reading

Figi’s recalls snacks because of sunflower seed Listeria concerns

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More snack products are under recall because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination of sunflower kernels from Ontario-based SunOpta Inc. Figi’s Companies Inc. of Marshfield, WI, is recalling two of its products in a total of three package styles: 16-ounce Snack Shoppe Hot & Spicy Cajun Snack Mix in a foil bag that is contained in… Continue Reading

Listeria concerns prompt recall of Nature Valley granola bars

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General Mills Inc. has initiated a nationwide recall of four flavors of Nature Valley brand protein and nut bars because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes of sunflower kernels provided by SunOpta Inc. “The four flavors of Nature Valley bars that are part of the recall were distributed to retail establishments throughout the United States. Consumers… Continue Reading

Companies provide additional details on recalls of frozen peas

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Two corporations have updated and added to public information about frozen vegetables that have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada because of possible Listeria contamination. The J.R. Simplot Co. shared supply chain information regarding its recall of frozen peas and National Frozen Foods Corp. updated label traceability information on its recall notices for frozen… Continue Reading

Atlantic Spice recalls sunflower seed snacks for Listeria risk

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Atlantic Spice Company Inc. of North Truro, MA, is recalling its 16-ounce packages of Sunflower Seeds Roasted Salted, Tropical Mix and Cranberry Health Mix snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company stated that no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The potential for… Continue Reading

Frozen veg recall ripples through supply chain to J.R. Simplot, Dutch Treat Foods

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Dutch Treat Foods Inc. issued a recall Tuesday for more than 3,000 pounds of Sweet Pea Pasta Salad because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, saying its supplier recalled one of the salad ingredients. The supplier, J.R. Simplot Co. notified its customers June 14 it was recalling bulk-shipped frozen peas and mixed vegetables after its… Continue Reading

Repeated Listeria positives spur recall of food sent to schools

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Weeks after most school districts dismissed students for summer break, 45 varieties of pre-prepared sandwiches are being recalled from 38 districts because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Let’s Do Lunch Inc., doing business as Integrated Food Service, put a positive spin on the recall, saying “due to school summer breaks, any foods remaining in frozen… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Producer, others recall frozen vegetables for Listeria

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UPDATED CONTENT: National Frozen Foods Corp. responded late Friday evening to requests for comment from Food Safety News, providing a recall notice for frozen peas and mixed vegetables it packages under 13 brands. The recall came after company testing “revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated” with Listeria monocytogenes. The company also confirmed that… Continue Reading