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

June 01,2016


TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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.

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Sunrich Naturals Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernels (Photo: SunOpta)

Sunrich Naturals Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernels (Photo: SunOpta)

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 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 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.

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

Source: SunOpta Inc.



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