General Mills has issued a voluntary national recall on 4 specific flavors of Nature Valley chewy Protein Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut bars.
The recall has been issued due to a recall from the sunflower supplier SunOpta who has warned of the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes. General Mills has not received any specific reports of confirmed illness and instead have issued the recall as a measure of caution.
The following message was posted to the General Mills website:
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – General Mills announced today a voluntary national recall of four specific flavors of Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars. The recall is being issued as part of sunflower kernel supplier SunOpta’s ongoing national recall for the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes. General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this supplier issue.
The four flavors of Nature Valley bars that are part of the recall were distributed to retail establishments throughout the United States. Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the products affected by this recall, regardless of when they were purchased or what date is on the package.
Consumers who have had to discard products covered by this recall may contact General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-866-896-4365 for a replacement.
This recall only affects four flavors of Nature Valley’s nearly 40 different products. Nature Valley’s other products are not affected by this recall.
“We know this is inconvenient for consumers who love these four flavors,” said Anton Vincent, President of General Mills Snacks Division. “We promise they will return as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Other General Mills products that use sunflower kernels have not been impacted. SunOpta announced the expansion of their sunflower kernel recall yesterday (June 1, 2016) which impacted these four specific flavors of Nature Valley bars.
This voluntary recall includes the following products currently in stores or consumers’ pantries: