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Company Expands Voluntary Recall Of Sunflower Kernel Products Over Listeria Concerns

TORONTO ( — A company is expanding its voluntary recall of sunflower kernel products over concerns they have the potential of being contaminated with listeria.

SunOpta, Inc. announced the expanded recall last week though no illnesses have been confirmed to be related to the consumption of the product.

"The Company has completed its root cause analysis and is working with food safety experts to implement corrective and preventative measures," the company said in part in a statement. "In an abundance of caution, SunOpta is voluntarily extending the period during which it is recalling a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes."


The initial recall was "limited to sunflower kernel products produced at SunOpta's Crookston, Minn. facility between the dates of February 1, 2016 and February 19, 2016," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on its website.

"The expanded recall includes products produced February 20, 2016 through April 21, 2016, the date on which the facility ceased production of the products," the agency said.

The FDA said the products being recalled were distributed to distribution centers during the months of March and April in California and 17 other states. They may have also been redistributed to other states nationwide.

The table below provides additional information about the recalled items:

recalled items
(credit: FDA)
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