CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Sunflower seeds sold in bulk at four northeast Ohio Giant Eagle and Market District stores have been voluntarily recalled due to possibly listeria contamination.
The supplier of the seeds is SunOpta. The affected product was sold in the bulk foods sections of the Rocky River Giant Eagle and the Solon, Portage Crossing and Strongsville Market District locations with a PLU of 65167.
It was available for purchase both loose within the bulk bin between February 15, 2016 and May 3, 2016, and in prepackaged containers with sell by dates of August 1, 2016 through August 19, 2016. There are no reported illnesses to date associated with this recall, according to a news release from Giant Eagle.
Listeria 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.
Customers who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to their local Market District store for a refund. Customers with questions may call Giant Eagle Customer Care at 1-800-553-2324 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.