Dakota Style Foods Inc. of Clark, South Dakota is expanding a recall of sunflower kernels to include 15,158 cases of sunflower kernels because of the potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The expanded recall was triggered when Dakota was notified that SunOpta, a supplier, had expanded its recall.
Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness. Symptoms, which can take as long as 70 days to develop, incude high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
The recalled sunflower kernels were distributed to 34 customers nationwide and are sold through retail outlets. They include: Dakota Style 16 ounce Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels; 3.5 ounce Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels; 32 ounce Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels; 4 ounce Savory Bacon Sunflower Kernels; 8 ounce Savory Bacon Sunflower Kernels and 4 ounce Salted Caramel Sunflower Kernels .
The recalled products were shipped between February 15, 2016 and May 17, 2016. They are marked with lot codes 8B6M02, 8B6M09, 8B6M17, 8B6M18, 8B6M24, 8B6M25, 8C6M02, 8C6M08, 8C6M10, 8C6M28, 8C6M31 and 8D6M01. They were sold in plastic packages bearing the company logo and product name with the lot code located on the back right hand panel of the consumer package.
At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported.