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Listeria risk prompts recall of certain Spitz, Quaker, and CLIF Bar products

Spitz sunflower kernels, Quaker Harvest quinoa granola bars, and Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix bars have been recalled due to a possible listeria contamination.

By Today's Parent
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A possible listeria contamination has sparked more recalls by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The Canada-wide recall affects:

  • Quaker brand quinoa granola bars (Chocolate Nut Medley and Yogurt, Fruit & Nut flavours)
  • Spitz brand sunflower kernels (salted and dill pickle flavours)
  • CLIF Bar brand Sierra Trail Mix energy bars (with best by dates of 2016JN06 up to and including 2017FE23)

In all three products, the listeria risk is linked to sunflower kernels that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reports of illnesses in Canada due to the consumption of these products.

Photo: HealthyCanadians.gc Photo: HealthyCanadians.gc

What should you do?

If you think you’ve become sick from eating one of the recalled products, call your doctor.


If you have these products in your home, you should either throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advises that food contaminated with listeria may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are especially at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, an infection in the newborn, or even stillbirth.

Photo: HealthyCanadians.gc Photo: HealthyCanadians.gc

This article was originally published on Jun 03, 2016

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