Clif Bar & Company, makers of those delicious, dense Clif Bars everyone eats to pretend like they could scale Vesuvius if they wanted to, have initiated a voluntary recall on three varieties of bars due to potential Listeria monocytogenes, or L.mono, contamination.
At this point, no known cases of Listeria have been contracted from Clif Bars. The recall was initiated due to a sunflower kernel distributor found to have a potential Listeria problem at their facility.
The recall is on their Sierra Trail Mix energy bars (best buy dates 05JUN16 through 24MAR17), Nuts and Seeds energy bars (best buy dates 08JUN16 through 21JAN17), and Mojo Mountain Mix trail mix bars (best buy dates 16JUN16 through 02FEB17). So, keep hugging those chocolate mint bars close. They're safe.
Anyone with the potentially contaminated bars is encouraged to toss them. The impact of Listeria can be unpleasant for most, including high fever, severe headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It can be much more serious for pregnant women, young children, and the elderly.
These bars are a part of an ever-widening recall on products with sunflower seeds that were manufactured in SunOpta's Crookston, Minnesota facility. Kashi, who has had to recall a number of products, and Quaker rank among the more notable companies in this growing recall.
Also initiating recalls for potential Listeria contamination due to these sunflower seeds are products from MaraNatha, Mountain Thins, Hickory Harvest, IM Good, Sheetz, Atkins, HyVee, and many others which are listed in full at the FDA's site.
Be sure you've checked that list over before packing your bag full of trail mix and granola bars to traverse the Arctic tundra, or ride the L train to Tribeca, whatever it is that you do.