FURTHER EXPANDED Recall Period of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Due to Possible Contamination by Listeria monocytogenes

Sunrich Naturals Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernels (Photo: SunOpta)

TORONTO--()--Acting out of an abundance of caution, SunOpta has decided to further expand its voluntary recall of certain sunflower kernel products due to 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.

This further expanded recall includes certain sunflower kernel products originating from SunOpta’s facility in Crookston, Minn. between May 31, 2015 and January 31, 2016. No illnesses related to the consumption of these products have been have been confirmed.

Recalled retail sunflower kernel items were sold in clear printed plastic packages and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. Recalled snack bars were sold in boxes of 12 units. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items:

Product Description     Size     UPC     Lot #     Best By Date

Sunrich Naturals Sunflower Kernels-Roasted and Salted

    1 oz.     810304032122     34215231-34215233     19AUG16-21AUG16


34215236-34215240 24AUG16-28AUG16


34215295-34215296 22OCT16-23OCT16
34215299-34215303 26OCT16-30OCT16
34215306 02NOV16
34215355-34215356 13DEC16-14DEC16
34215362-34215365 28DEC16-31DEC16
34216004-34216007 04JAN17-07JAN17
34216011-34216015 11JAN17-15JAN17
37215324 20NOV16
37215327-37215329 23NOV16-25NOV16
37215334-37215338 30NOV16-04DEC16
37216020-37216022 20JAN17-22JAN17
37216025-37216027 25JAN17-27JAN17

Sunrich Naturals Sunflower Kernels-Chili Lime

1 oz. 810304012148 34215155-34215156 04JUN16-05JUN16


34215159-34215160 08JUN16-09JUN16


34215166-34215167 15JUN16-16JUN16
1.2 oz 810304032146 34215168 17JUN16

Sunrich Naturals Sunflower Kernels-Blazin’ Hot

1.2 oz. 810304032139 34215159-34215161 08JUN16-10JUN16


34215170 19JUN16


34215173-34215177 22JUN16-26JUN16
34215180-34215181 29JUN16-30JUN16

Spitz Salted Sunflower Kernels (Only Available In Canada)

3.53 oz. 069579210005 07-09-16A2 07-09-16


100 g 09-10-16C 09-10-16


11-09-16C 11-09-16


11-09-16B 11-09-16
01-06-17C 01-06-17
01-07-17B 01-07-17

Spitz Dill Pickle Sunflower Kernels (Only Available In Canada)

3.53 oz. 069579210012 07-09-16C2 07-09-16


100 g 09-10-16B 09-10-16


09-11-16A 09-11-16


11-10-16C 11-10-16
11-10-16B 11-10-16
01-07-17A 01-07-17

Kar’s SunFlower Kernel Roasted and Salted

2 oz. 077034009897 08/31/15-09/03/15 08/31/16-09/03/16


09/09/15-09/11/15 09/09/16-09/11/16


09/14/15-09/15/15 09/14/16-09/15/16

Planters Sunflower Kernels

3 oz. 029000012714

6291B3, 6291C3, 6292A3, 6292B3, 6292C3, 6293A2, 6293A3, 6293C3, 6293C2, 6293B2, 6294A2, 6294A3, 6294C3, 6294C2, 6305A3, 6305C3, 6306B3, 6306A3, 6306C3, 6307B3, 6307A3, 6307C3, 6308B3, 6319C3, 6319B3, 6319A3, 6320C3, 6320B3, 6320A3, 6321C3, 6321B3, 6321A3, 6326B3, 6326A3, 6326C3, 6327B3, 6327A3, 6327C3, 6328B3, 6328A3, 6328C3, 6340C3, 6340B3, 6340A3, 6341C3, 6341B3, 6341A3, 6342C3, 6342B3, 6361C3, 6361B3, 6361A3, 6362C3, 6362B3, 6362A3, 6363C3, 6363B3




7023A3, 7023B3, 7023C3, 7024A3, 7024B3, 7024C3, 7025A3, 7025B3, 7030A3, 7030B3, 7030C3, 7031A3, 7031B3, 7031C3, 7032A3, 7032C3, 7037A3, 7037B3, 7037C3, 7038A3, 7038B3, 7038C3, 7039A3, 7039B3, 7039C3


Navitas Naturals Superfood+ snack bars: Cacao Cranberry, Goji Acai, Hemp Peanut, Maca Maple

Cacao Cranberry-811961020262





Goji Acai-811961020286




Hemp Peanut-811961020309




Maca Maple-811961020248




Recalled products were distributed to distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Canada and may be redistributed to other states.

Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may email contactus@sunopta.com or call 1-888-886-4428 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the recalled products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact SunOpta at contactus@sunopta.com to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“SunOpta is fully committed to ensuring the safety of consumers and integrity of the products we make for our customers,” said Rik Jacobs, SunOpta President and CEO. “In an abundance of caution, we are expanding the recall period to include sunflower kernel products originating from our Crookston facility that have any potential to be contaminated.

“We have put into place corrective and preventative actions to ensure the safety, quality and integrity of the consumer goods and ingredients we manufacture,” Jacobs added. “We have resumed production of roasted sunflower kernel products at our facility in Crookston after conducting a comprehensive review of our manufacturing processes. We have also enhanced our active testing activities prior to all customer shipments.”

About SunOpta

SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified ("non-GMO") and specialty foods. SunOpta specializes in the sourcing, processing and packaging of organic and non-GMO food products, integrated from seed through packaged products; with a focus on strategic vertically integrated business models. SunOpta's organic and non-GMO food operations revolve around value-added grain, seed, fruit and vegetable based product offerings, supported by a global sourcing and supply infrastructure.


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Customer Service, 888-886-4428
Rob Litt, 952-893-7863