BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a recall of sunflower seeds sold in stores across more than 24 states, including New York.
According to a federal spokesperson, some of the seeds may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a species of bacteria which can cause serious infections and illnesses.
The new order expands a recall already in place for kernels produced by SunOpta, a multi-national food and mineral company. Seeds bagged between February 1, 2016 and April 21, 2016 are impacted along the following product lines:
- Planters Sunflower Kernels
- Dakota’s Best Biggy’z Roasted and Salted Kernels
“The quality and safety of the food we produce and the ingredients we provide are the highest priority for us,” SunOpta released in a statement. “Therefore, we are voluntarily recalling a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. We have isolated the production window to a short timeframe and are working with the FDA and customers to control and dispose of affected product. We are aware of one customer complaint that did not involve an illness, and we are not aware of any consumer issues due to consumption of this product.”
A related recall also warns of listeria contamination in sunflower kernels sold in Wegmans and Tops grocery stores between March 11, 2016 and May 21, 2016.
First Source, a bulk distributor of candy and specialty items, issued the recall for the following products due to Listeria concerns:
- 15 LBS Alpine Valley Fitness Mix with lot code BD 161021
- 15 LBS Alpine Valley Yogurt Fruit/Nut Mix with lot code BD 161261
- Alpine Tub “Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels” 10.25oz with Best By 03-24-17
- Alpine Tub “Roasted & Unsalted Sunflower Kernels” 10.25oz with Best By 3-23-17, 3-30-17, 5-3-17
- Wegmans square tub “Fitness Mix” 20oz with Best By 12-24-16
- Wegmans square tub “Sunshine Cranberry Delight” 20oz with Best By 12/15/16, 1-7-17, 2-9-17
- Wegmans Fitness Mix, scale label UPC begins with 279301
- Wegmans Yogurt Fruit & Nut Mix, scale label UPC begins with 279375
- Wegmans Cranberry Sunshine, scale label UPC begins with 279022
- Wegmans Roasted Sunflower Seeds with Salt, scale label UPC begins with 279973 (available in bulk and on Trail Mix Bar)
- Wegmans Roasted Sunflower Seeds, no Salt, scale label UPC begins with 279629 (available in bulk and on Trail Mix Bar)
- 15 LBS Alpine Valley Sunshine Cranberry Delight with Lot Code BD 161021 and BD 161261
- Flave Fitness Mix 8oz with Best By 4-20-17 and 05-02-17
- Flave Tropical Trail Mix 8oz with Best By 4-20-17
- Flave Oriental Mix 6oz with Best By 3-10-17 and 4-21-17
- Flave Sunflower Seeds 7.5oz with Best By 4-20-17
- Gonzo 2 Go “Sunshine Cranberry Delight” 4.5oz with Best By 2-10-17
- Gonzo 2 Go “Fitness Mix” 5oz with Best By 1-7-17
- Stewarts Sunshine Cranberry Delite 5oz with Best By 1-18-17
- Tops square tub “Roasted & Unsalted Sunflower Kernels” 10.25 with Best By 3-30-17, 5-3-17
- Tops square tub “Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels” 10.25 with Best By 1-28-17
SunOpta supplies sunflower kernels for First Source products.
So far, no illnesses have officially been reported but a Buffalo listeria lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the illness can be severe and sometimes deadly.
“Consumers who purchased any of the recalled items should immediately dispose of them or return them to the store for a refund,” Buffalo listeria lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems could suffer if they contract this foodborne illness.”
Listeria can cause serious infections and symptoms include high fever, stiffness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and a severe headache.
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms and believe they are related to listeria-tainted sunflower seeds, contact a Buffalo listeria lawyer at Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.