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If your granola bar has sunflower seeds, it may have been recalled


Photo: Kashi
Photo: Kashi

First frozen fruits, now granola bars. When did eating breakfast become so dangerous?

Kashi, Clif Bar, and General Mills (which owns Nature Valley), have all announced granola bar recalls, according to The Huffington Post. And, as with last month’s frozen fruit recall, listeria strikes again.

So far, no one has reported signs of sickness to the Food and Drug Administration, so don’t freak out too much. The recall is more of a precaution, as a response to a recall of sunflower seeds that happened last month. (More than 100 snack products in all have been recalled because of the sunflower seeds issue.)

Since only the granola bars with sunflower seeds are affected, there’s no need to throw away your whole snack drawer. But if you want to look beyond the label for a specific list of granola bars affected, head to each brand’s website for a rundown. (Here for General Mills, here for Kashi, and here for Clif Bar.)

Never heard of listeria? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms include a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, and muscle aches. All of the symptoms are short-term and there are no long lingering effects, although for pregnant women, listeria can result in miscarriages or stillborns.

The silver lining? You can request refunds and the food manufacturers will send replacement bars that definitely do not contain sunflower seeds. So you don’t have to give up on granola bars completely.

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