Giant Eagle Voluntarily Recalls Bulk Sunflower Seeds Sold at Pittsburgh Market District Stores
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2016
Giant Eagle Customer Care
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Giant Eagle supplier SunOpta has informed the company that sunflower seeds sold in the bulk section of four Pittsburgh area Market District stores have been voluntarily recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) contamination.
The affected product was sold in the bulk foods sections of the Waterworks, Township of Pine, Shadyside and South Hills Village 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 pre-packaged containers with sell by dates of August 1, 2016 through August 19, 2016. There are no reported illnesses to date associated with this recall.
Listeria monocytogenes is 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.
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 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.
In addition to this public communication regarding this recall, Giant Eagle initiated its consumer recall telephone notification process. The consumer recall process uses purchase data and consumer telephone numbers housed in the Giant Eagle Advantage Card® database to alert those households that purchased the affected product and have updated telephone contact information in the database.
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*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/ucm499329.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery