Can I Sue for Listeria from Recalled Sunflower Seeds?

You can sue for Listeria from recalled sunflower seeds if you were diagnosed with listeriosis (Listeria infection) and if there is sufficient evidence that your illness was caused by sunflower seeds.

With foodborne illness cases, the evidence our Listeria lawyers look for includes connections based on epidemiology and microbiology. It is a complex area of the law, and our law firm is one of the few in the nation that has handled hundreds of cases and won millions of dollars for clients. Contact us for a free case evaluation.

Recall of Sunflower Seeds Products

Sunflower Seeds Recall

Below is a list of products that contain sunflower seeds that were recalled on May 3, 2016, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, dangerous bacteria that can cause serious illness (listeriosis) and death. There are no reported illnesses to date associated with this recall; however, the incubation period for listeriosis can be as long as 2 months. This means you could eat food contaminated with this bacteria and not get sick from it for 2 months.

Giant Eagle and Market District

Sunflower Seeds Recall 2016Giant Eagle issued recalls of certain sunflower products sold in central Ohio, northeast Ohio, the Pittsburgh area, and Indiana (only the Carmel Market District store).

  • Sunflower seeds supplied by SunOpta with a PLU of 65167 sold in the bulk foods sections of the Rocky River Giant Eagle store in Ohio. The products were 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.
  • Sunflower seeds supplied by SunOpta with a PLU of 65167 sold in the bulk foods sections of the following Market District stores: Solon, Portage Crossing Strongsville, Kingsdale, Grandview Yard and Dublin Market District stores in Ohio; Waterworks, Township of Pine, Shadyside and South Hills Village Market District locations in the Pittsburgh area. The products were 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.


Sunflower kernel products produced at SunOpta’s Crookston, Minn. facility between the dates of February 1, 2016 and February 19, 2016. Recalled products were distributed to distribution centers between February 22, 2016 and February 25, 2016 in Illinois and North Dakota, and may have been redistributed to other states nationwide. Recalled retail items were sold in clear printed plastic packages and are marked with best-by dates located on the front or back of the packages. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items:

  • Dakota’s Best Biggy’s Roasted and Salted Kernels, 16 oz. size, UPC 834648001484, Lot# FEB-11-17C2, best-by date 02/11/2017;
  • Planters Sunflower Kernels, 3 oz. size, UPC 029000012714, Lot# (7065A3, 7065B3, 7065C3 – with best-by date 03/06/2017; 7066A3, 7066B3, 7066C3 with best-buy date 03/07/2017; and 7067A3, 7067B3, 7067C3 with best-buy date 03/08/2017).


Trailmix Recall - Sunflower SeedsKroger Sunflower Salad Toppers, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, and Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix because a supplier indicated sunflower kernels may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which could result in severe illness to those individuals who may consume these products. No customer illnesses have been reported to date.

Stores operating under the following names are included in this recall: Kroger, Jay–C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, King Soopers, City Market, Fry’s, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smith’s. Products can be found in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

  • Kroger Salad Toppers Sunflower Kernels, UPC 0001111002127, Sell By: DEC0316 and DEC0416, 3.5 oz.;
  • Kroger Sunflower Kernels, UPC 0001111061877, Sell By: DEC1116, DEC1316 and DEC1416, 6 oz.;
  • Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix, UPC 0001111089869, Sell By: MAR0917, MAR1017, MAR1117 and APR1117, 14 oz.

Brown & Haley

Thins Recall - Sunflower SeedsBrown & Haley of Tacoma, Washington issued a voluntarily recall of certain lots of Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavor that may be impacted by sunflower seeds contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No other types, varieties or flavors of Brown & Haley or Mountain products are impacted by this recall.

Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavor was distributed to select retail stores nationwide. The product (UPC 0 41770 33370 7) was sold in a resealable, 5-3 oz., stand-up pouch. Lots being recalled were distributed between March 7, 2016 and April 25, 2016, and are listed here.

  • O07O610, O07O620 (best-by 3/7/2017);
  • O08O610, O08O620 (best-by 3/8/2017);
  • O09O610, O09O620 (best-by 3/9/2017);
  • O10O610, O10O620 (best-by 3/10/2017);
  • O11O610 (best-by 3/11/2017);
  • O16O610 (best-by 3/16/2017);
  • W11W610, W11W620 (best-by 4/11/2017);
  • W14W610 (best-by 4/14/2017); and
  • W15W610 (best-by 4/15/2017).

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with listeriosis, you can contact our law firm for a free case evaluation. We have successfully handled numerous cases for people poisoned by food. Ask us about our experience with cases just like yours.


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