This outbreak should act as a cautionary tale for those who think that Listeria monocytogenes is only associated with smoked fish, soft cheese and raw milk. Bacteria are living things and they will grow and survive wherever and whenever they can.
Akron, OH – Hickory Harvest Foods, under advice from its sunflower kernel supplier, SunOpta, is expanding their recall of a limited number of products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. These recalled items are in addition to the items recalled on May 4, 2016.
The additional products were packaged at, or distributed from Hickory Harvest between the dates of April 20, 2016 and May 18, 2016. Shipments were to the following states: AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, Ml, MO, NC, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, and VA. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution Hickory Harvest is recalling all affected products.
Recalled retail items were sold in packaged bags and deli tubs and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages.
E S Foods of Woodbury, NY is recalling 3700 cases of the following Meal Breaks items containing individually packed Sunrich Natural Sunflower Kernels (Roasted & Salted), Net Wt 1 oz., because the sunflower seeds have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes:
||Best Used By
|Cheese Stick w/ Beef Stick
|Chips & Dip
|Lime Bean Dippers
|Frosted Flakes w/Cheese Stick
|Cinnamon Pop Tarts
|Tuna Salad w/Milk
|BBQ Chicken w/Milk
C. J. Dannemiller Co. is recalling SunOpta 50# bags and 30# cases of roasted sunflower kernels roasted and salted, and sunflower kernels roasted no salt because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled Sun Opta Roasted Sunflower kernels – roasted and salted and Sun Opta Roasted No Salt were distributed in the following states: AR, VA, IN, MI in bulk packaging between Feb.22, 2016 and May 17, 2016.
The product comes in a 50 lb, White paper bag marked with the lot codes: 8B6M17, 8D6M12, 8D6M11. Lot code is located on the top center of the bag or in a 30 lb. brown corrugated case with MFG DATE of 3/21/16 or 3/28/16. MFG DATE is on the product label.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.