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Hickory Harvest Expands Recall of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2016



Customer Service


Joe Swiatkowski


Akron, OH – Hickory Harvest Foods, under advice from its sunflower kernel supplier, SunOpta, is expanding their recall of a limited number of products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. These recalled items are in addition to the items recalled on May 4, 2016.

The additional products were packaged at, or distributed from Hickory Harvest between the dates of April 20, 2016 and May 18, 2016. Shipments were to the following states: AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, Ml, MO, NC, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, and VA. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution Hickory Harvest is recalling all affected products.

Recalled retail items were sold in packaged bags and deli tubs and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. Listed below are details regarding the additional recalled items:

Product DescriptionSizeUPCBest By Date
Big Y Cranberry Nut Trail20 oz0-18894-00457-802/09/17
Hickory Harvest Cranberry Fitness Car Cup7 oz0-36232-06136-602/04/17
Hickory Harvest Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel Car Cup7 oz0-36232-07716-9


Hickory Harvest Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel11 oz0-36232-07702-205/02/17
Amish Farms Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel5.5 oz8-55993-20018-604/20/17
Raylicious Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernels1.5 oz8-55291-00192-805/20/17
Liberty Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernels3 oz6-08819-35672-305/02/17
Sheetz Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernels3.5 oz7-59465-00784-904/20/17
Hickory Harvest Sweet and Salty Trail Car Cup6 oz0-36232-00511-701/20/17

Previously recalled items from press release dated May 4, 2016:

Product DescriptionSizeUPCBest By Date
Hickory Harvest Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel10 oz0-36232-07703-911/18/16
Hickory Harvest Roasted No Salt Sunflower Kernel10 oz0-36232-07707-911/16/16
Hickory Harvest Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel7 oz0-36232-07716-911/25/16
Hickory Harvest Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel11 oz0-36232-07702-201/11/17
Hickory Harvest Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel5 oz0-36232-07704-611/25/16
IM Good Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel1.6 oz7-93724-80218-904/29/17
Sheetz Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel3.5 oz7-59465-00784-903/01/17
Raylicious Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel1.5 oz8-55291-00192-804/14/17
Liberty Roasted Sunflower Kernel3 oz6-08819-35672-304/16/17
Heinens Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel10 oz0-36232-07703-912/28/16
Heinens Roasted No Salted Sunflower Kernel10 oz0-36232-07707-701/21/17
Amish Farms Roasted Salted Sunflower Kernel5.5 oz8-55993-20018-602/25/17

Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may email or call 1-800-448-6887 Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact Hickory Harvest at to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Company provided the following statement:

"We are dedicated to producing the highest quality and safest snacks for our customers, as their safety is our top priority. Therefore, we are following the advice of our supplier and issuing a voluntary recall on certain sunflower kernel products that are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Fortunately, there have been no consumer illnesses reported. Hickory Harvest Foods is working with its customers and the FDA to ensure the products are removed from commerce as quickly as possible."

About Hickory Harvest Foods

Hickory Harvest Foods, Inc., The Good Snack People, offers the largest selection of healthy and salty snacks in a variety of packaging options. Hickory Harvest Foods sells wholesale product under its own brand, the I.M. Good Snacks brand as well as private brands to grocery stores/mass retail, convenience/travel stores, distributors, food manufacturers, gift companies and fundraising organizations. Located in Akron, Ohio since 1972, the company has a proud history of retaining long-time employees that are dedicated to producing the best quality in the industry.

Original Release


Product Photos

  • Big Y Cranberry Nut Trail Mix, bottom label
  • Big Y Cranberry Nut Trail Mix, top label
  • Hickory Harvest, Cranberry Fitness Mix, 25 lbs. case
  • Hickory Harvest, Cranberry Fitness, bottom label
  • Hickory Harvest, Cranberry Fitness, top label
  • Hickory Harvest, Diet Trail Mix, 25 lbs. case
  • Hickory Harvest, Sweet and salty Mix, bottom label
  • Hickory Harvest, Sweet and salty Mix, top label

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