Sunflower Seed Recall Keeps Growing

CHICAGO (Chicago Tribune/TNS) —

TreeHouse Foods, a private-label food manufacturer based in suburban Chicago, is recalling hundreds of products that contain sunflower kernels that could be contaminated with listeria, the company announced Thursday.

The expanded recall includes protein bars, trail mix bars and various assorted trail mix products sold throughout the country in stores such as Meijer, Hy-Vee and Roundy’s. The recall is a result of the Toronto-based sunflower seed supplier, SunOpta, expanding its own recall earlier this week because of potential listeria contamination, the TreeHouse news release said.

A full list of the TreeHouse products being recalled can be found on the company’s website.

No illnesses have been confirmed to date, but eating food contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis. Primarily, it affects expectant women, those age 65 or older, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An infection might present symptoms typically associated with food poisoning — nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. In expectant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriages or stillbirths.

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