ucm502185As a precaution, SunOpta expanded its voluntary recall of a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The initial recall was limited to sunflower kernel products produced at SunOpta’s Crookston, MN, facility between the dates of February 1, 2016 and February 19, 2016.  The expanded recall includes products produced February 20, 2016 through April 21, 2016, the date on which the facility ceased production of the products.  No illnesses have been confirmed related to the consumption of this product. Recalled retail items were sold in clear printed plastic packages and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items:

Product Description Size UPC Lot # Best By Date
Sunrich Naturals Sunflower Kernel 1 oz. 810304032122 37216074 37216075 37216076 37216077 37216078 37216081 37216082 37216083 37216084 37216085 37216088 37216090 37216091 37216092 37216095 37216096 37216098 37216099 14MAR17 15MAR17 16MAR17 17MAR17 18MAR17 21MAR17 22MAR17 23MAR17 24MAR17 25MAR17 28MAR17 30MAR17 31MAR17 01APR17 04APR17 05APR17 07APR17 08APR17
Planters Sunflower Kernels 3 oz. 029000012714 7072A3, 7072B3, 7072C3 7073A3, 7073B3, 7073C3 7074A3, 7074B3, 7074C3 7075A3 03/13/17 03/14/17 03/15/17 03/16/17

Recalled products were distributed to distribution centers during the months of March and April 2016 in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas and may be redistributed to other states nationwide. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)