Listeria alert: list of recalled sunflower seed products continues to grow

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Listeria alert has affected hundred of sunflower seed products. Picture: iStock - Karen Sarraga
Listeria alert has affected hundred of sunflower seed products. Picture: iStock - Karen Sarraga

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The list of products recalled by manufacturers over fears they may contain contaminated sunflower seeds has continued to grow.

Earlier this month, dozens of products were voluntarily recalled by businesses including SunOpta, Treehouse Foods, Kroger, Creative Snacks Co and Hickory Harvest over fears they contain sunflower seed contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes​ (L. mono), a bug that can cause Listeriosis.

Listeriosis primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Another series of recalls have been announced in the past week after sunflower seed supplier SunOpta extended its recall period​ from the initial dates of February 1, 2016 and February 19 to include products produced February 20, 2016 through April 21, 2016.

Treehouse recalled a further 100 products on May 19 and, since then, other manufacturers have announced they are recalling lines. Many have said this was prompted by their sunflower seed supplier, SunOpta, making them aware of the potential risk.

Recalls announced in the past week include:

Hickory Harvest

Hickory Harvest has extended its previously announced recall to include additional products that 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. See table below for list of affected products.

First Source

First Source of Tonawanda, NY, is recalling items distributed in the following states via retail stores: IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA,VA, WV and SC between March 11, 2016 and May 21 2016. See table below for list of affected products.

Troyer Cheese - Backroad Country

Troyer Cheese Inc of Millersburg, OH, has recalled a limited number of products under the Backroad Country brand. The products were packaged at Amish Wedding Foods and distributed by Troyer Cheese  between the dates of May 6, 2016 and May 24, 2016. Shipments were to the following states: AL, AR, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NY OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI and WV. See table below for list of affected products.

Dakota Style Foods

Dakota Style Foods of Clark, South Dakota, has expanded its voluntary recall to include 15,158 cases of sunflower kernels that were distributed to 34 customers nationwide and are sold through retail outlets.

The products involved are Dakota Style 16 ounce Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels, 3.5 ounce Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels, 32 ounce Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels, 4 ounce Savory Bacon Sunflower Kernels, 8 ounce Savory Bacon Sunflower Kernels and 4 ounce Salted Caramel Sunflower Kernels that were shipped by Dakota Style Foods  between February 15, 2016 and May 17, 2016.

The affected lots are identified by lot codes 8B6M02, 8B6M09, 8B6M17, 8B6M18, 8B6M24, 8B6M25, 8C6M02, 8C6M08, 8C6M10, 8C6M28, 8C6M31 and 8D6M01.

CJ Dannemiller

CJ Dannemiller has recalled Sun Opta Roasted Sunflower kernels – roasted and salted - and Sun Opta Roasted No Salt that were distributed in the following states: AR, VA, IN, MI in bulk packaging between February 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.

Hickory Harvest

First Source

Backroad Country

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