General Mills and Essential Everyday products recalled

Customers who have bought certain brands of flour, trail mix, protein bars, nut bars and lemon drops may be affected by a number of recent product recalls.

essential-everyday-trail-mix-177994Foster’s Food Fair IGA is pulling certain Essential Everyday brand products and from its shelves due to possible listeria contamination, the company announced in a press release Friday.

Customers who have bought 7.4-ounce bags of Essential Everyday Fruit and Nut Trail Mix or five-count boxes of Essential Everyday protein bars should not consume them and should return the items to any Foster’s, Priced Right or Bay Market location for a full refund.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals exposed to the listeria organism can suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

SuperValu, which distributes Essential Everyday products, is also recalling Essential Everyday Lemon Drops with a specific lot code, due to the product not meeting quality standards.

Foster’s has not received any of these affected products, the company said in a press release, but it is encouraging customers who bought this product from any Foster’s Food Fair IGA to check both the “Best By” dates and lot codes.

The affected product has the lot code PD1 and Best By date 01/18/17.

Nature Valley bars

General Mills is voluntarily recalling select flavors of Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars.

The recall is also listeria-related and is being issued due to the expansion of a SunOpta sunflower kernel recall for the potential presence of the bacterium.

All Foster’s Food Fair IGA locations carry the affected product. Consumers should check if they have bought the affected products, which are:

Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar – Honey, Peanut and Almond with Pumpkin Seeds, 5 count, Case UPC: 100-16000-47196, Package UPC: 000-16000-47196; Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar – Peanut, Almond and Dark Chocolate, 5 count, Case UPC: 100-16000-45724, Package UPC: 000-16000-45724; Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar – Almond, Cashew and Sea Salt, 4 count, Case UPC: 100-16000-46474, Package UPC: 000-16000-46474; Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar – Roasted Peanut and Honey, 4 count, Case UPC: 100-16000-46475, Package UPC: 000-16000-46475; and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar – Roasted Peanut and Honey, 16 count, Case UPC: 100-16000-41308, Package UPC: 000-16000-41308.

Flour recall

Another recall is for several types of flour, in the wake of an ongoing outbreak of E. coli 0121 in the United States that may potentially be linked to Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour.

Although E. coli 0121 has not yet been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility, and the company has not been contacted directly by any consumer reporting confirmed illnesses relating to these products, the company says it is voluntarily recalling the products “out of an abundance of caution.”

E. coli 0121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The elderly, young children and people with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to the foodborne illness.

Individuals should not consume any raw products made with flour.

Customers who have bought certain flour products from Foster’s, Priced Right or Bay Market, should check the “Best By” dates and lot codes, discontinue consumption and return the product for a full refund.

The affected flour products are: 13.5 ounce Gold Medal Wondra Flour, UPC 000-16000-18980, used by dates 25FEB2107 through 30MAR2017; 2 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, UPC 000-16000-10710, used by dates 25MAY2017KC through 03JUN2017KC; 2 pound Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour, UPC 000-16000-11710, used by date 23AUG2016KC; 10 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, UPC 000-16000-10410, used by dates 02JUN2017KC and 03JUN2017KC; 5 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, UPC 000-16000-10610, used by dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC through 31MAY2017KC, 01JUN2017KC, 03JUN2017KC through 05JUN2017KC through 14JUN2017KC; 5 pound Gold Medal Unbleached Flour, UPC 000-16000-19610, used by dates 25MAY2017KC, 27MAY2017KC, 03JUN2017KC and 04JUN2017KC; 10 pound Gold Medal All Purpose Flour-Banded Pack, UPC 000-16000-10410, used by dates 03JUN2017KC, 04JUN2017KC and 05JUN2017KC; 5 pound Signature Kitchens All Purpose Flour Enriched Bleached, UPC 000-21130-53001, used by date BB MAY 28 2017; 5 pound Signature Kitchens Unbleached Flour All Purpose Enriched, UPC 000-21130-53022, used by dates BB May 27 2017.

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