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Recall on sunflower kernels: Kroger, Planters & more

Posted May 5

There are multiple sunflower kernels recalls in place because of possible Listeria contamination. Included in the recalls are various Kroger and Planters products.

The Kroger recall includes Kroger Sunflower Salad Toppers, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, and Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix.

The Planters recall includes Planters Sunflower Kernels, 3 oz.

See below for the list of specific products being recalled.

Kroger recall details

From the FDA Kroger recall notice: The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling Kroger Sunflower Salad Toppers, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, and Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix because a supplier indicated sunflower kernels may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which could result in severe illness to those individuals who may consume these products. No customer illnesses have been reported to date.

Stores operating under the following names are included in this recall: Kroger, Jay–C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, King Soopers, City Market, Fry's, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smith's. Products can be found in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Kroger has removed these items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

Product UPC Codes Size

Kroger Salad Toppers Sunflower Kernels 0001111002127 Sell By: DEC0316 and DEC0416 3.5 oz

Kroger Sunflower Kernels 0001111061877 Sell By: DEC1116, DEC1316 and DEC1416 6 oz.

Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix 0001111089869 Sell By: MAR0917, MAR1017, MAR1117 and APR1117 14 oz.

Customers who have purchased the above product should not consume it and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 am EST and Saturday through Sunday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm EST.

Planters recall details

From the FDA SunOpta recall notice: SunOpta is voluntarily recalling a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have 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.

The products were produced at SunOpta’s Crookston, Minn. facility between the dates of February 1, 2016 and February 19, 2016. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution SunOpta is recalling the products.

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

Product Description Size UPC Lot # Best By Date

Dakota’s Best Biggy’s Roasted and Salted Kernels 16 oz. 834648001484 FEB-11-17C2 02/11/2017

Planters Sunflower Kernels 3 oz. 029000012714 7065A3, 7065B3, 7065C3
7066A3, 7066B3, 7066C3, 7067A3, 7067B3, 7067C3 03/06/201703/07/2017

Recalled products were distributed to distribution centers between February 22, 2016 and February 25, 2016 in Illinois and North Dakota, and may be redistributed to other states nationwide.

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 1-877-237-4374 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the 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.


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