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Crookston plant recalls sunflower seeds after listeria link found

CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Crookston sunflower seed producer is voluntarily recalling some packaged sunflower kernels after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked potential listeria bacteria to the Crookston plant.

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The recall affects Dakota’s Best Biggy’z Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels, 16 oz., Lot No. FEB-11-17C2, with a Best By Date of Feb. 11, 2017

CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Crookston sunflower seed producer is voluntarily recalling some packaged sunflower kernels after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked potential listeria bacteria to the Crookston plant.

The products are:
-- Dakota’s Best Biggy’z Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels, 16 oz., Lot No. FEB-11-17C2, with a Best By Date of Feb. 11, 2017;  
-- Planters Sunflower Kernels, 3 oz., Lots No. 7065A3, 7065B3 and 7065C3, with a Best By Date of March 6, 2017; 7066A3, 7066B3 and 7066C3, with a Best By Date of March 7, 2017; and 7067A3, 7067B3 and 7067C3, with a Best By Date of March 8, 2017.

The products were produced at SunOpta’s Crookston plant between Feb. 1 and Feb. 19.  

They were distributed to distribution centers in North Dakota and Illinois between Feb. 22 and Feb. 25. They may have been redistributed to other states, according to a news release from the FDA.

No illnesses have been reported.

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Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, the FDA said.

“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women,” the FDA said in the news release..

The FDA is urging consumers not to eat the products and to return them to the stores where the purchases were made for a refund, or to discard them. Consumers with questions are being asked to contact the company by email at: contactus@sunopta.com ; or to call (800) 237-4374 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

Retailers and wholesalers are being asked to check their inventories and shelves to confirm that the products are no longer available.  

The company issued the following statement:

“The quality and safety of the food we produce and the ingredients we provide are the highest priority for us. Therefore, we are voluntarily recalling a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. We have isolated the production window to a short timeframe and are working with the FDA and customers to control and dispose of affected product. We are aware of one customer complaint that did not involve an illness, and we are not aware of any consumer issues due to consumption of this product.”

Toronto-based SunOpta, an ingredients supplier, has its U.S. headquarters in Edina and owns several plants in Minnesota, including Crookston.

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The recall affects Planters Sunflower Kernels, 3 oz., Lots No. 7065A3, 7065B3 and 7065C3, with a Best By Date of March 6, 2017; 7066A3, 7066B3 and 7066C3, with a Best By Date of March 7, 2017; and 7067A3, 7067B3 and 7067C3, with a Best By Date of March 8, 2017.

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