Hickory Harvest is expanding its recall of some sunflower kernel products because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This is because their supplier, SunOpta, is expanding their recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products.
The products were packaged at, or distributed from Hickory Harvest between April 20, 2016 and May 18, 2016. Shipments were to: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with product sizes, UPC numbers, and best by dates. You can also see pictures of product packages at that page.
Brand names of the recalled products include Big Y, Hickory Harvest, Amish Farms, Raylicious, Liberty, Sheetz, IM Good, and Heinens. The products are roasted sunflower kernels both with and without salt, Trail mixes, Trail Car Cup, and Cranberry Nut Trail, among others.
If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed container or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Then clean out the cupboards or pantry or wherever you stored these products with a mild bleach solution to kill any Listeria bacteria.
If you ate any of these products, monitor yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include muscle aches, severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. If you do get sick, especially if you are pregnant, elderly, or in another high risk group, see your doctor.