More granola and snack products — including Quaker Oats, Planters and Clif Bar brands — are being recalled across the U.S. and Canada because of potential Listeria contamination as production resumes at the SunOpta Inc. plant responsible for the recalls.
The Toronto-based, self-described organic/non-GMO company announced its own expanded recall for more products — including Planters brand sunflower seeds — the same day it resumed operations at the facility that produced the problematic sunflower kernels. The sunflower kernels may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious illness and sometimes death in young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with suppressed immune systems.
SunOpta posted its expanded recall in the form of a news release on BusinessWire.com at 6:53 p.m. EDT yesterday, pulling back products produced from May 2015 through January this year from at least 25 states and Canada.
Six minutes, later SunOpta posted another news release saying the food processing plant that produced the recalled kernels was back in operation.
“(The company) has resumed production of roasted sunflower kernels at its facility in Crookston, MN.,” according to the second news release from Sun Opta. “Production had been paused on April 21, 2016, following the discovery of a potential contamination issue which led to a voluntary recall on a limited number of sunflower seeds produced at this facility.”
That “limited number” of sunflower seeds has led to dozens of products being recalled since May 3 when SunOpta posted its initial recall. New and expanded recalls posted yesterday and today include: