E S Foods Recalls Meal Breaks Containing Sunflower Seeds Because of Possible Health Risk
For Immediate Release
May 24, 2016
E S Foods
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E S Foods of Woodbury, NY is recalling 3700 cases of the following Meal Breaks items containing individually packed Sunrich Natural Sunflower Kernels (Roasted & Salted), Net Wt 1 oz., because the sunflower seeds have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes:
Meal Breaks Lot # Best Used By Item #
Cheese Stick w/ Beef Stick 6111 11/11/16 61406
Cheese Sauce 6126 03/01/17 61410
Cheese Stick 6112 12/09/16 61418
Chips & Dip 6116 12/01/16 61419
Lime Bean Dippers 6112 10/26/16 61420
Cheese Cup 6116 01/15/17 61430
Frosted Flakes w/Cheese Stick 6112 09/19/16 61438
Cinnamon Pop Tarts 6112 12/10/16 61439
PBJ w/Milk 6125 01/11/17 61602
Tuna Salad w/Milk 6126 02/09/17 61603
BBQ Chicken w/Milk 6125 02/09/17 61605
Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which 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.
The Meal Breaks were distributed in CA, KS, KY, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI to foodservice distributors, food banks, and school meal programs, between the dates of April 21 and May 13, 2016.
Products are packed in a master case, and that master case contains the product code number, product description, “Best Used By” Date, and lot code.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The potential for contamination was noted after we received notification from SunOpta, our sunflower kernel supplier, pertaining to positive Listeria monocytogenes results.
Customers who have purchased any of the affected products must contact E S Foods to arrange for product retrieval. If customers have further distributed any of these items, please immediately contact your accounts, advise them of the recall situation, and have them return their outstanding recalled stocks to you and maintain and share your record of the retrieval of these items. Customers with questions may contact E S Foods at 516-682-5484, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, ET.
* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.
* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm503034.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery