The Quaker Oats Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Due to Possible Health Risk
The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of a small quantity of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars after an ingredient supplier was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono). There have been no reported illnesses to date. However, Quaker is initiating the voluntary recall in an abundance of caution to protect public health.
Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono) is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
While the vast majority of potentially affected Quaker products were withheld from ever reaching retail shelves, the products being recalled were distributed nationwide and are as follows:
6.1 ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Chocolate Nut Medley with UPC code 30000 32241 and Best Before Dates of: 10/16/2016, 10/17/2016
6.1 ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Yogurt, Fruit & Nut with UPC 30000 32243 and Best Before Dates of: 10/10/2016, 10/11/2016
At this time there are no other Quaker products involved in this situation. The company is working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to further investigate this issue, but in the meantime is taking these actions out of commitment to and concern for consumers.
Consumers who have purchased either of the above products are urged to dispose of or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. They can also direct any questions to 800-856-5781, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EST), or find more information at www.quakeroats.com.
The Caramel Factory, LLC Issues An Allergy Alert
(This isn't a particularly well written notice, is it? The photos aren't of the products, either, so I've tried to find a few better ones but the brand's website was not helpful)
The Caramel Factory, LLC of Batesville, MS, is recalling the following products for undeclared allergens:
Chocolate covered candies with undeclared milk and soy:
white and dark chocolate cashew turtles and tortoises
white and dark chocolate pecan turtles and tortoises
white and dark chocolate pecan krispie clusters
white and dark chocolate peanut clusters
white and dark chocolate cashew clusters
MS molded chocolate
sugar free milk chocolate peanut cluster
sugar free milk chocolate cashew cluster
peanut butter fudge
sea salt caramel fudge
salt water taffy
Baked Goods with undeclared tree nuts, soy, milk, and wheat:
Candy with undeclared eggs and milk:
sugar free salt water taffy
chocolate covered Twinkies
chocolate covered pretzels
Baked goods with undeclared eggs, soy, wheat and/or milk
caramel sugar cookies
People who have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, and/or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
These retail products were distributed from our retail store in Batesville, MS prior to May 11, 2016.
The products are packaged, clear plastic packages with the name of each product.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that these products were distributed in packaging that did not declare these allergens
Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return any unused product to us for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-662-563-9900, Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
TreeHouse Foods Expands Voluntary Product Recall Due to Possible Health Risk
(This recall is so long in terms of the products that I must insist that you check out the linked title above.)
(Images of the recalled products here.)