Vending Nut Company is voluntarily recalling sunflower kernel products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear.
The recalled product is Vending Nut Company Roasted and Salted Sunflower in 16 ounce packages. The UPC number is 98301-00006, the lot number is 8B6M02, and the pack date is 02/24/16. The company’s supplier notified them of the possibility of contamination.
If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the store where you purchased it for a full refund. Then clean out your pantry or cupboards with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria bacteria may have contaminated it. Wash your hands well after handling this product.
Then monitor yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days if you ate any of these sunflower kernels. Those symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. If you do get sick, see your doctor.