Popular Granola Bar Recall Alert

Listeria contamination in popular granola bar brands

Do you keep a stash of granola bars handy to help with curbing your appetite toward weight loss? Even though it is one of the five diet foods you should never eat. If so, then you will want to know about this recall alert of two popular granola bar brands that were found to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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A new recall alert from the FDA warns consumers that the Kashi Company recently announced a voluntary recall of two very popular granola bars―Kashi® Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars and Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter. The recall is due to both bars contain contain ingredients made from sunflower seeds distributed by the supplier, SunOpta, that were found to be potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Here’s The Best Snack Bar rated by Consumer Reports.

According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes 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.

The company has received no reports of illness to date but is taking this action as part of its commitment to the health and safety of the people who eat its foods.

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED GRANOLA BARS

The recall is limited to Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars and Bear Naked Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter packed in two sizes. These products were distributed throughout the continental United States:

Description (Retail)

Kashi® Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars UPC Code: 18627 03000 7.4 oz. (6 ct.)
Best if Used by Date:JAN0417; JAN0517; JAN0617; JAN0717; JAN0817; JAN09 17

Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter UPC Code: 84623 10163, 11 oz.
Best if Used by Date: JAN 10 2017 and JAN 11 2017

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Description (Club)

Bear Naked® Soft Baked Granola , Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter UPC Code: 84623 10173, 26 oz.
Best if Used by Date: DEC 24 2016; DEC 25 2016; JAN 11 2017; JAN 12 2017; JAN 13, 2017

To help consumers identify the potentially contaminated granola bars, images of the recalled granola bars can be found at www.consumeralert.kashi.com.

According to the recall, no other Kashi or Bear Naked products are part of this recall and are considered safe to consume.

If you do find that you have purchased any of the recalled products, you should discard it and contact Kashi for a full refund. Additional information is available on the Kashi website at www.consumeralert.kashi.com and/or by calling their consumer hotline at 1-877-747-2467, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.– 3 p.m. PST.

Healthier Granola Bars and Better Snack Choices

The problem with commercial granola bars is that they really are not a diet food due to that they usually are loaded with sugar and hydrogenated oils that make them calorie dense. One option is to make your own healthy granola bars like this recipe.

However, if curbing your appetite and weight loss is why you eat granola bars, here are some recommended high-protein snack options for weight loss.

Reference: FDA.gov “Kashi Company Voluntarily Recalls One Variety of Kashi® Granola Bars and One Variety of Bear Naked® Granola Due to Potential Health Risk Related to Sunflower Seeds

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