June 27, 2016 — General Mills has recalled four flavors of Nature Valley granola bars because they contain sunflower seeds that may be contaminated with Listeria.
No illnesses have been reported. The FDA announced the recall on June 24, several weeks after it was initiated by General Mills. According to the FDA:
“Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the products affected by this recall, regardless of when they were purchased or what date is on the package.”
On June 2, the company recalled the following products due to the risk of Listeria in SunOpta sunflower seeds:
- Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar – Honey, Peanut & Almond with Pumpkin Seeds (UPC: 000-16000-47196)
- Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar-Peanut, Almond & Dark Chocolate (UPC: 000-16000-45724)
- Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar – Almond, Cashew & Sea Salt (UPC: 000-16000-46474 — UPC: 000-16000-41301)
- Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar – Roasted Peanut & Honey (UPC: 000-16000-46475 — UPC: 000-16000-41308)
Well over 100 products have been recalled because they contain SunOpta sunflower seeds, including Clif Bars and granola bars made by Kashi, Kellogg, and Quaker Oats. A wide variety of other products containing sunflower seeds have also been recalled.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal food poisoning. Pregnant women can suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth. In healthy adults, symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
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