There have been several recent developments involving food product recalls. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently alerted the public to a recall of Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bars containing SunOpta sunflower kernels due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Additionally, both Frito-Lay and Kellogg’s recalled products because they may contain peanut residues, which can trigger an allergic reaction in some consumers.
Exposure to Listeria can lead to listeriosis, which can be serious in young children, the frail or elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of listeriosis may include high fever, neck stiffness, muscle aches, severe headache, flu-like symptoms, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Anyone who consumed the recalled bars should look out for symptoms for the next 70 days.
The honey bars have not been implicated in any illnesses thus far. They were distributed between August 5, 2015 and March 15, 2016. The Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bar was sold as 1.9 ounce individual bars, containing UPC number 8 66192 00010 1 and best by dates of 12/27/2015 through 10/28/2016. The bars were also available in boxes of 20, UPC number 8 66192 00011 8 and best by dates of 12/27/2015 through 10/28/2016.
Separately, Frito-Lay issued an update on its prior recall of select Rold Gold Tiny Twists, Rold Gold Thins, Rold Gold Sticks and Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided. The recall products have not changed, but an update is being issued to warn consumers about possible peanut residue. Kellogg Company also recently recalled certain lots of Mother’s, Keebler, Kellogg’s Special K brownies, Murray and Famous Amos snacks and cookies due to possible peanut allergens.