CROOKSTON, MN - What makes the perfect, lazy summer day? Maybe sitting on a porch swing somewhere? Sipping a cool drink and spitting sunflower seeds? But not so fast! Those crunchy kernels used as spitting stock could be contaminated!
Manufacturer Sunopta is voluntarily recalling products containing sunflower seeds for possible listeria contamination. The foods in question were produced at the company's facility in Minnesota and distributed to at least 24 states, including Texas. The recall affects Planters and Sunrich Naturals sunflower kernels with "best by" dates between March 13, 2017 and April 8. Quaker Oats is also recalling Quinoa Granola Bars with "best before" dates of October 10, 11, 16 and 17, 2016.
No illnesses have been reported, but the FDA is urging people to return these items to the store or throw them away. Listeria can cause short-term symptoms like fever, diarrhea, nausea and headaches, but it can also be deadly.
So if you're looking for a seeded snack you can spit this summer there is always watermelon.
For a a full list of the recalled products, click here.