Food recall: Clif bars pulled due to possible listeria contamination
A popular energy bar is being recalled due to concerns about possible contamination from listeria bacteria in sunflower kernels.
Clif Bar & Company has announced a voluntary recall of Clif Bar Nuts and Seeds energy bars as well as Clif Bar Sierr Trail Mix bars and Clif Mojo Mountain Mix trail mix bars. According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, the supplier of the sunflower kernels, SunOpta, "was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes." Authorities say the bars are sold nationally.
So far, no illnesses have been reported, the company has reported. The FDA says the recall is voluntary and being done "in an abundance of caution."
The following Clif bars are subject to the voluntary recall, according to the FDA:
- CLIF BAR® Nuts & Seeds energy bar with “best by” date ranges of June 8, 2016 through Jan 21, 2017.
- CLIF BAR® Sierra Trail Mix energy bar with “best by” date ranges of June 5, 2016 through March 24, 2017.
- CLIF® Mojo® Mountain Mix® trail mix bar with “best by” date ranges of June 16, 2016 through Feb. 2, 2017.
According to the FDA listeria can cause serious infections in pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. These infections could become fatal, the federal government states. Healthy individuals may experience symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
The FDA says anyone who may have bought Clif bars meeting the criteria listed should throw them away.
Also this week, Kashi announced a recall of two varieties of its granola bars over concerns about possible contamination from listeria bacteria.
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