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.