Bounce Apple Cinnamon Protein Snack Recall Alert

Listeria warning in sunflower seed containing products

A new recall alert from the FDA warns consumers that this protein snack is under a recall status due to potential Listeria contamination.

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Snacking on the right kinds of proteins can be a great way to help curb cravings and lose weight. For example, consuming proteins as part of a weight training regimen using whey protein, or added protein in a special smoothie that helped this woman cut 56 inches from her waistline, are proven protein-related weight loss measures for many dieters.

However, even some healthy proteins can wind up contaminated with harmful bacteria during the manufacturing process or from a supply source of raw ingredients used in making that protein snack. In the FDA alert, a new recall was initiated when a supplier, SunOpta, notified its customer-manufacturers of protein snacks, that their sunflower kernels may possibly be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

As such, according to a news release from the FDA, Bounce USA of Bend, Oregon is voluntary recalling their “Bounce Apple Cinnamon Protein Punch Energy Balls” (also known as “Apple Cinnamon Protein Energy Balls”) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes from the SunOpta supplier.

Listeria is a harmful bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy individuals can expect to experience only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, listeria infection is known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Recalled Protein Snacks

To this date, there has not been any news of consumers being affected by illness due to consuming the protein snacks; however, to be safe, Bounce is recalling the following protein snack products.

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Distributed nationwide through retail stores and on-line through Amazon.com between November 4, 2015 and June 6, 2016:

• Bounce 1.48 oz. (42g) “Apple Cinnamon Protein Punch Energy Balls”
Product UPC Codes 852949003723 (individual packs) and 852949003730 (12-unit boxes); Best Before Dates 04SEP16 and 12NOV16.

• Bounce 42g “Apple Cinnamon Protein Energy Balls” Product UPC codes 852949003723 (individual packs) and 852949003730 (12-unit boxes); Best Before Dates: 23 DEC16, 10 JAN17, 22 FEB17, 31MAR17.

According to the recall alert, customers who have purchased any of the above products are urged not to consume the products and to dispose of them. Any questions can be directed to Bounce USA by emailing [email protected] or by calling 855-441-8966 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm PST).

For an informative article on what Consumer Reports has to say with their latest snack bar advice to help you watch your calories, here is which snack bar received their best snack bar rating.

Reference: FDA.gov “Bounce USA Recalls Apple Cinnamon Protein Punch Energy Balls Because of Possible Health Risk

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