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FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Hershey Issues Voluntary Recall of SoFit Products Due to Expanded Supplier Recall of Sunflower Seeds - Listeria monocytogenes

Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co of Bridgeport, IL is voluntarily recalling Sunflower Kernels, Sweet & Salty Mix, and Cajun Hot Mix because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, 

Rucker's Makin' Batch Candies Issues Food Recall of Cajun Mix - Because of Possible Health Risk, due to Potential Presence of Listeria monocytogenes 

Fal Foods USA Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in DF Mavens Chocolate Almond Fudge Frozen Bars

Pharmavite LLC is recalling specific lots of Nature Made® products detailed in the chart below due to possible Salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus contamination.

Herr Foods Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Waffle Works Brand of 4 oz. Double Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches due to Undeclared Milk: Allergy Concern for Those With Milk Allergy

Frito-Lay Issues Voluntary Recall of Select Rold Gold Tiny Twists, Rold Gold Thins, Rold Gold Sticks and Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergen

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. (“company”) is issuing a voluntary recall of limited lot codes of certain bar products. These products contain or may have come in contact with equipment that processed product containing sunflower seeds distributed by supplier SunOpta, Inc. that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Giant Eagle supplier SunOpta has notified the retailer of a second expansion of the previously reported product recall on its sunflower seeds sold in the bulk section of the Carmel Market District due to possible Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) contamination.

Taylors Candy Inc. Recalls "Stuckey’s Sunflower Kernels" Because of Possible Health Risk - Listeria monocytogenes

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Source: FSA

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A food ingredient I wil…

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