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 a tin box. The foil bags are marked with lot HD116063 160ZHSMIX and were distributed nationwide through mail orders;
- 16-ounce Figi’s Nature’s Mix in plastic bags in a red circular tin containers that were distributed nationwide through a distributor who sold directly to consumers; and
- Figi’s Nature’s Mix in plastic bags with approximately 8-12 ounces of product. There is no lot information on the bags, which were distributed only through Figi’s Outlet Store located in Marshfield, WI.
“The production of the two noted products has been suspended while the source of the problem is being investigated. Production will resume when a suitable resolution is found,” according to the company’s recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. “Consumers who have purchased 16-ounce packages of the Hot and Spicy Mix with the lot number noted above or the bulk-packaged Nature’s Mix from our Outlet Store are urged to return them to Figi’s for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Figi’s Companies Inc. at 800-437-3817.” Anyone who has eaten the snacks and developed symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection should seek medical attention. It can take symptoms up to 70 days to develop. Listeria monocytogenes is a microscopic organism that 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. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)