Sunflower-seed product recalls, fear of Listeria

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Listeria Infections Cause Massive Frozen Food Recall

EDINA, Minn. (KDVR) — Products containing sunflower seeds from a Minnesota-based company are under a voluntary recall in at least 24 states.

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The recall stems from concerns about possible listeria contamination, though no illnesses have been directly linked to the products.

Certain products made by Planters, Sunrich Naturals, and Papa John's Salads and Produce are included in the recall.

Related: Another listeria recall in the U.S.

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Sunflower-seed product recalls, fear of Listeria
OVERLAND PARK, KS - APRIL 21: A Blue Bell Ice Cream truck is seen outside a Wal-Mart store after Blue Bell Creameries recalls all products following a Listeria contamination on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
OVERLAND PARK, KS - APRIL 21: Shelves are bare and signs are posted where Blue Bell products were displayed in a grocery store on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. Blue Bell Creameries recalled all products following a Listeria contamination. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
A sign in the window at a Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams shop tells customers the store is closed Friday, April 24, 2015, in Atlanta. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has issued a widespread voluntary recall on all flavors of its Ohio-made ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches and closed all of its retail scoop shops because of possible contamination with potentially fatal Listeria monocytogenes.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)
We have initiated a voluntary recall of all our ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches. https://t.co/JUOXA4JT0e
A sign on a window of the door on the left at a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams states that the store is closed Friday, April 24, 2015, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants and whether the discoveries are related. Blue Bell Creameries of Texas and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio, extremely popular brands in their home states took all their products off shelves this week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
FILE - In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a sign on a window at a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams states that the store is closed, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. CEO John Lowe said in a Tuesday, April 28, 2015 statement that Jeni's is destroying more than 265 tons of ice cream after listeria was found in the production facility and in products last week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
Blue Bell ice cream stands for sale on a grocery store shelf in Lawrence, Kan., Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Blue Bell delivery trucks are parked at the creamery's location in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, April 10, 2015. Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report. Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products have sickened eight people — five in Kansas and three in Texas. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Five people in Kansas have become ill, three have died, as part of a potential listeriosis outbreak, possibly connected to eating Blue Bell Creameries ice cream at a hospital, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
This photo shows a container of Blue Bell ice cream Friday, March 13, 2015, in Dallas. The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)
This photo shows a container of Blue Bell ice cream Friday, March 13, 2015, in Dallas. The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)
This photo shows a container of Blue Bell ice cream Friday, March 13, 2015, in Dallas. The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)
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The potentially-affected sunflower seeds were produced by SunOpta.

The recall affects Planters and Sunrich Naturals sunflower kernels made between the dates of February 1 and April 21, the date when the facility stopped production of the seeds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a release.

Separately, Arizona-based Papa John's Salad and Produce, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of its Oriental Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing, with sell-by dates of May 18 through May 25.

The salads are a pre-packaged blend sold in retail grocery stores including Albertson's, Safeway, Food 4 Less and Bashas'.

The FDA is urging consumers who bought any of these items matching these descriptions to promptly throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.

"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," the company said in a statement provided to the FDA.

"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."

Listeria, also known by its scientific name of Listeria monocytogenes, can sometimes cause a serious infection that affects the gastrointestinal tract.

The infection can cause short-term problems such as a high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, headaches, stiffness and nausea.

They can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly, children and anyone with a weak immune system because a chronic condition.

Some infections can cause death.

The CDC estimates there are 1,600 illnesses and 260 U.S. deaths per year due to listeriosis infections.

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