Kashi Co., the North County-based maker of breakfast foods and snacks, announced Friday that it has expanded a voluntary recall of certain granola bars because of a possible Listeria contamination in sunflower seeds.
Kashi added more granola bar and Bear Naked products to the recall, first announced Tuesday, and some different used-by dates.
Kashi said it took the action because sunflower seeds distributed by supplier SunOpta are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
No illnesses linked to the products have been reported, according to the Solana Beach company.
According to Kashi, the recalled products include Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars, Kashi GoLean Honey Pecan Baklava Bars, Bear Naked Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter, Bear Naked Soft Baked Granola, and Pepita + Hemp + Sunflower Butter.
The recall only affect products with certain UPC codes and best used-by dates, which can be found online at https://community.kashi.com/kashi/topics/announcement-bcyksw9lwwm67.
Most healthy people who contract Listeria suffer high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea for short periods of time, but infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, according to Kashi.
No other Kashi or Bear Naked products are affected by the recall.
Kashi said customers who have purchased recalled products should discard them and contact the company for a refund. Additional information is available online at Kashi.com or by calling the company’s consumer hotline at (877) 747-2467 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pacific time.
–City News Service
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