Thirty-six companies believe that their products are potentially affected

Sunflower Seeds / Companies Recall Products with Contaminated Sunflower Kernels
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May 10, 2016
Updated: June 27, 2016
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect the announcement of additional recalls.

The nationwide sunflower kernel recall continues to grow with announcements from a variety of additional outlets.

The affected products were made with sunflower kernels that are potentially contaminated with listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Listeria can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that is sometimes fatal in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recalled products.

Consumers who have purchased any of the impacted products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For a full list of the recalled products—including identifying information, distribution patterns, and contact information—see the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) release from each recalling company listed below: