Clif Bar Recall Initiated In Light Of Listeria-Contaminated Sunflower Kernels

A Clif Bar recall has been voluntarily initiated, Clif Bar & Company announced, in light of listeria concerns. The impacted products include:

  • Clif Bar Nuts & Seeds energy bar (all pack configurations with “best by” date ranges starting 06/08/16 through 01/21/17)
  • Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix energy bar (all pack configurations with “best by” date ranges starting 06/05/16 through 03/24/17)
  • Clif Mojo Mountain Mix trail mix bar (all pack configurations with “best by” date ranges starting 06/16/16 through 02/02/17)

These products are all sold throughout the United States.

“Clif Bar & Company cares deeply about the health and safety of consumers and we apologize for any inconvenience,” the company said in a statement. It also pointed to a form, which consumers can fill out if they wish to contact the company.

The Clif Bar recall comes after the company’s ingredient supplier, SunOpta, was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono), according to a press release. The release, which was distributed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, describes Listeria monocytogenes:

“Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in pregnant women, 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 monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

In other words, you’re going to want to avoid the Clif Bars recalled. This is not something that’s worth taking a chance on.

As of June 2, Clif Bar said it had not received any reports of illness, but decided to initiate the recall on that date “in an abundance of caution.” The company is urging people who have purchased any of the impacted products to not only avoid consuming them, but also to destroy them (presumably to keep others from danger).

Clif Bar & Company says it is consulting with the Food and Drug Administration on the recall, and that all retailers who received the products are being contacted. Images of the impacted products can be found at Clif Bar’s website.

According to CNN, Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars and Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars were also recalled earlier in the week over concerns related to sunflower seeds or sunflower kernels and listeria. At least 39 recalls have been announced since May 3 by companies that use sunflower kernels supplied by SunOpta, it says.

NBC News reports that a recall by SunOpta Inc. itself has affected dozens of brand names in 25 states and parts of Canada, and that like Clif Bar, SunOpta has also not received any reports of illnesses.

Inquisitr recently shared this statement regarding the broader recall from SunOpta.

“SunOpta is committed to ensuring consumer safety and providing quality products and ingredients to customers. The Company has completed its root cause analysis and is working with food safety experts to implement corrective and preventative measures. 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.”

In a separate, but also massive recall ordeal, General Mills recalled 10 million pounds of baking flour following concerns of E. coli contamination, Inquisitr reported this week. The affected products were sold at grocery stores including Safeway, Albertsons, and Vons, and the flour was linked to the illnesses in 38 people in 20 states.

Earlier in the week, Tommee Tippee brand sippy cups were recalled for mold concerns, Inquisitr reported. Parents had found black mold growing inside of valves on the cups despite washing them thoroughly.

As far as the Clif Bar recall goes, do yourself a favor and make sure you don’t have any of the affected products in your pantry.

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