Updated May 26, 2016 SunOpta recalled its sunflower seeds produced in February 2016 for Listeria monocytogenes contamination. That recall triggered a slew of secondary recalls of sunflower seeds and products made with them. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with any of these recalled products, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear. We have gathered all of those recalls in one place so you can keep up to date with this important information.
Listeria monocytogenes is a dangerous bacteria that can cause serious illness and death. There is zero tolerance for the presence of this pathogen in ready-to-eat foods. Please look through this list of recalls carefully to see if you have purchased any of these products.
If you have, throw them away in a double bagged or sealed package so other people and animals can’t eat them. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling these packages. Then clean out your refrigerator, freezer, pantry, cupboard, or drawer, or wherever the product was stored, with a solution of one tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to one gallon of warm water to kill any remaining bacteria. Listeria can grow at refrigerator temperatures, and freezing does not kill it.
The symptoms of listeriosis include severe headache, high fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. If you do experience those symptoms in the 70 day time period after you have eaten one of these products, see your doctor and tell him about this recall. If you are pregnant, you need to be especially careful about these products, since listeriosis can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
The recalls are listed in order from newest to oldest. Check back on this page to see the newest recalls, which will be listed first.
Sunflower Seed Recalls for Listeria Monocytogenes
C. J. Dannemiller Co. recalled SunOpta 50 lb.bags and 30 lb. cases of roasted and salted sunflower kernels; roasted sunflower kernels with no salt on May 24, 2016.
E.S. Foods of Wooodbury NY recalled meal break items including Cheese Stick w/ Beef,Cheese Stick, Cheese Sauce, Chips & Dip, Lime Bean Dippers, Cheese Cup, Frosted Flakes w/Cheese Stick, Cinnamon Pop Tarts, PBJ w/Milk, Tuna Salad w/Milk, and BBQ Chicken w/Milk on May 23, 2016.
First Source of Tonawanda, NY recalled sunflower seeds, trail mixes, and nut mixes sold under the brand names Alpine Valley, Wegmans, Flave Fitness, Gonzo, Stewarts, and Tops on May 22, 2016.
Hy-Vee, Inc. of West Des Moines, Iowa, recalled six trail mix products that may be contaminated with Listeria on May 21, 2016.
Salads made by Papa John’s and sold at Albertsons, Safeway, Bashas and Food 4 Less were recalled for Listeria on May 20, 2016.
Dakota Style Foods Inc. of Clark, South Dakota expanded a recall of various flavors of sunflower kernels to include 15,158 cases on May 20, 2016.
Hickory Harvest, Big Y, Amish Farms recalled nut mixes and sunflower kernels on May 19, 2016.
Treehouse expanded it recall of products sold under the brand names Southern Grove, Naturally Select, Amport Foods, Fresh Finds, Gold Emblem, Greenbrier, Family Gourmet, Clover Vally, Hy-Vee, K&G, Smart Sense, American Importing, Nice!, Delish and Nature’s Harvest on May 19, 2016
Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars in two flavors were recalled on May 16, 2016.
Vending Nut Company Roasted and Salted Sunflower was recalled on May 11, 2016.
Publix recalled Cranberry Nut and Seed Mix for possible contamination on May 10, 2016.
Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co. recalled some code dates of Uncle Bucks Sweet & Salty Trail Mix peg bag on May 9, 2016.
Kroger recalled Kroger Broccoli Raisin Salad for possible Listeria contamination because it contained sunflower seeds on May 9, 2016.
Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies recalled some code dates of Dollywood Sweet & Salty Trail Mix on May 9, 2016.
Creative Snacks recalled products containing sunflower seeds on May 5, 2016. The brand names include The Fresh Market, Plentiful Planet, and Publishers Clearing House mixes and seeds.
Schulze and Burch Biscuit Company recalled some of their Millville Protein Chewy Bars for possible Listeria contamination on May 5, 2016.
Publix recalled their Wheatberry Salad on May 5, 2016.
Mountain Thins Trail Mix was recalled by Brown & Haley on May 4, 2016.
Kroger recalled Salad Toppers Sunflower Kernels, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, and Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix on May 4, 2016.
TreeHouse Foods amends their recall to include two more products, Signature Kitchen Sweet & Salty Almond Bars, and Southern Grove Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernals, and to make corrections on May 4, 2016.
Hickory Harvest recalled sunflower kernels sold under Hickory Harvest, IM Good, Sheetz, Raylilcious, Liberty, Heinens, and Amish Farms on May 4, 2016.
SunOpta announced the recall of their sunflower seeds on May 4, 2016. In particular, Planters Sunflower Kernels and
Giant Eagle recalled bulk and pre-packaged sunflower seeds sold at their stores and Market District stores on May 3 and May 4, 2016. The recalls were for stores in northeast Ohio, Pittsburgh, central Ohio, and Carmel Market District.
TreeHouse Foods recalls many products for possible Listeria contamination on May 2, 2016. This was the first indication that there was a problem. Brand names include Publix, Super Value, Our Family, HyVee, Great Value, Meijer, Roundy, Nature’s Harvest, and others.