Health scares prompt several food recalls

A variety of food products available in Cayman are subject to recalls, including four types of Nature Valley bars, Kellogg Company snacks and cookies, Bolthouse Farm protein drinks and a Great Grain cereal.

BarRecalls_1467032553630_41161392_ver1.0_640_480General Mills is voluntarily recalling four flavors of its Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars because of fears of Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall was issued as part of sunflower kernel supplier SunOpta’s ongoing recall in the United States, as was a recall of some Great Grains Protein Blend Honey, Oats and Seeds cereal.

There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses related to the potentially contaminated kernels.

According to Foster’s Food Fair IGA, some of its stores carried both products and have pulled them from the shelves. The recalled Great Grains cereal items can be identified by a “Best when used by” code printed on the top of the box.

Only the following codes are affected by this recall: Aug1416, Nov1016, Aug1516, Nov1116, Aug1616, Nov1216, Aug1716, Feb1817, Nov0916, and Feb1917.

Fosters issued a statement about the recalls this week, asking its customers to check the best before dates and to return any affected products purchased at its stores to receive a refund.

Bolthouse Farms

Also subject to a recall is a selection of Bolthouse Farms protein drinks due to possible spoilage that may cause the beverages to appear lumpy, taste unpleasant and have an off odor, according to the company.

Consumers are advised not to consume the products. The issue was identified after the company received consumer complaints, including reports of illness. The cause of this issue is under investigation.

According to a statement from Foster’s Food Fair, the products have been removed from its shelves.

Kellogg Company

The Kellogg Company is also voluntarily recalling certain varieties and limited dates of production of Mother’s, Keebler, Kellogg’s Special K brownies and Murray and Famous Amos snacks and cookies, because they may contain undeclared peanut residue.

Kellogg initiated the recall after its supplier, Grain Craft, recalled wheat flour that has the potential to contain low levels of peanut residue.

While consumers with severe peanut allergies should avoid the recalled products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated that the amount of peanut exposure from the flour is low and not expected to cause adverse health effects in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers. The company has received no reports of related illness to date.

To find more details of the affected products, visit the FDA website at

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  1. I would add Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut to the list. Once when I purchased this item, it was full of live maggots. A second time, more recently, it had larvae that developed into a flying insect. I have noticed the same flying insect hovering around the cereal area, even up to yesterday. These items were purchased at the same grocery store, however, I believe it’s a Kellogg issue. The expiry dates were well into 2017. I am sharing this just as a heads up to consumers if you buy this product.

  2. Karlen , did you get the manager of the store to open a few boxes of the same cereal with the same batch number and same expiration date ? Are you sure that they were maggots ? Did you send the box of cereal with the maggots back to the Company?
    Do these little Flys continue to be at the store cereal shelf everyday ? And if did you alert the store manager about it?

  3. Thank you for the tip, Ron, much appreciated. I am sure they were maggots and did not return the box the first time as I just needed to get rid of it but I was refunded my money. I returned the second box. The store was alerted on the three occasions. I’m sure they are doing their due diligence.