Hershey Issues Voluntary Recall of SoFit Products
Among growing list of snack makers recalling possibly contaminated sunflower seeds
HERSHEY, Pa. — The Hershey Co. has issued a voluntary recall of three products sold under its SoFit brand after a supplier that provides sunflower seeds for the products expanded its recall June 1.
The supplier, SunOpta, issued a recall after discovering that it produced sunflower seeds that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Although there have been no reports of illness, Hershey said it is issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution.
The recalled SoFit products include a sunflower-seed item as well as an almond and a pumpkin-seed item produced on the same manufacturing equipment.
The products are:
- SoFit Protein Plus Sunflower Seeds Sea Salt with the date codes 72H, 72J, 79P, 82F, 82G, 82K, 82L.
- SoFit Protein Plus Pumpkin Seeds Sesame Garlic with the date codes 73B, 73C, 81P, 81R.
- SoFit Protein Plus Almonds Jalapeno Garlic with the date codes 72R, 73A, 79R, 82C, 82D.
The company is advising consumers who have purchased any of these products not to consume them and to destroy them.
The Hershey Co., based in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery company with more than 80 brands that drive more than $7.4 billion in annual revenues, including Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside, as well as SoFit.
Several other snack makers have issued similar recalls as a result of the SunOpta recall, and more are announcing recalls. Convenience-store retailers Stewart’s Shops and Sheetz Inc. have also issued recalls of affected private-label snacks.
Clif Bar & Co., Emeryville, Calif., has initiated a voluntary recall of certain Clif Bar Nuts & Seeds energy bars, Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix energy bars and Clif Mojo Mountain Mix trail mix bars.
Kashi Co., Solana Beach, Calif., is voluntarily recalling Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars and Bear Naked Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter in the continental United States. The recalled products include two varieties of Kashi snack bars and two varieties of Bear Naked granola.
General Mills, Minneapolis, has announced a voluntary national recall of four specific flavors of Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars.
Toronto-based SunOpta said the recalled products reached distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Canada, and they may have been redistributed to other states.