As sunflower seed supplier expands its recall, Hershey has chosen to voluntarily recall certain SoFit products.
On June 1, a supplier who provides sunflower seeds for The Hershey Co.’s SoFit brand expanded its sunflower seed recall, and, in response, Hershey has issued a voluntary recall of three products sold under the SoFit brand.
The supplier, SunOpta, issued a recall after discovering that it produced sunflower seeds that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Although there have been no reports of illness, Hershey is issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution.
The recalled SoFit products include a sunflower seed item as well as an almond and a pumpkin seed item produced on the same manufacturing equipment.
The recalled SoFit products are:
- SoFit Protein Plus Sunflower Seeds Sea Salt with the following date codes: 72H, 72J, 79P, 82F, 82G, 82K and 82L
- SoFit Protein Plus Pumpkin Seeds Sesame Garlic with the following date codes: 73B, 73C, 81P and 81R
- SoFit Protein Plus Almonds Jalapeno Garlic with the following date codes: 72R, 73A, 79R, 82C and 82D
No other Hershey products or products sold under the SoFit brand are affected.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in pregnant women, 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 monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Consumers who have purchased any of the above products should not consume the products and are urged to destroy them.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge and cooperation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.