Giant recalls granola, cereal and sunflower items

John Joyce
  • Giant announces recalls because of potential Listeria contamination.
  • Kashi, other granola products might contain Listeria monocytogenes, causing potentially fatal infection.

Giant Food stores are warning customers of a recall of certain granola, cereal and sunflower products that might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism capable of causing listeriosis, a potentially fatal infection.

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Kashi GoLean honey pecan baklava bars with Better if Used Before dates of July 21, Aug. 7 and Sept. 13, 2016, have been recalled, as have Bear Naked soft-baked granola items — cinnamon and sunflower butter flavors — with Better if Used Before dates of Jan. 10 and Jan. 11, 2017.

Also recalled are Post Consumer Brands' Great Grains Protein Blend Honey, Oats and Seeds cereal and SunOpta brand Alpine Sunflower and storebrand Sunshine Mix tubs.

Also on the recall list are Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar, peanut/almond/dark chocolate flavor; Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar, almond/cashew/sea salt and roasted peanut and honey flavors; and Clif Bars Sierra Trail Mix and Nuts & Seeds. These products, too, might be contaminated with Listeria.

Giant has received no reports of illness to date, a company release states.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listeriosis is a serious infection that primarily affects the elderly, pregnant women and newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems, such as those infected with HIV. Symptoms include high fever, fatigue, muscle aches and gastrointestinal issues.

The infection can be treated with antibiotics, but often cases result in death.

Hostess: Additionally, Hostess Brands has recalled its Hostess Donettes — powdered mini donuts — because the product could contain peanut residue. The product label omits the information that the product was made with or was made in the same facility as other products manufactured with peanuts. Those with a severe allergy or sensitivity to peanuts could suffer a life-threatening allergic reaction, should they consume these products.

All of the above-listed products have been removed from sale at all Giant locations, the news release states.

Consumers seeking more information on the recalls are asked to contact Giant customer service line at 1-888-814-4268. Customers who purchased these products should discontinue use of the product, discard any remaining portions and present a receipt to Giant for a full refund.

A Giant spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment Sunday.

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