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E S Foods Recalls Meal Breaks Containing Sunflower Seeds Because of Possible Health Risk

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E S Foods Recalls Meal Breaks Containing Sunflower Seeds Because of Possible Health Risk


Company Announcement Date:
May 24, 2016
FDA Publish Date:
March 22, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Food & Beverage Safety
Reason for Announcement:
Company Name:
E.S. Foods
Brand Name:
Brand Name(s)
E.S. Foods
Product Description:
Product Description
Products containing sunflower kernels

Company Announcement

E S Foods of Woodbury, NY is recalling 3700 cases of the following Meal Breaks items containing individually packed Sunrich Natural Sunflower Kernels (Roasted & Salted), Net Wt 1 oz., because the sunflower seeds have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes:

Meal BreaksLot #Best Used ByItem #
Cheese Stick w/ Beef Stick611111/11/1661406
Cheese Sauce612603/01/1761410
Cheese Stick611212/09/1661418
Chips & Dip611612/01/1661419
Lime Bean Dippers611210/26/1661420
Cheese Cup611601/15/1761430
Frosted Flakes w/Cheese Stick611209/19/1661438
Cinnamon Pop Tarts611212/10/1661439
PBJ w/Milk612501/11/1761602
Tuna Salad w/Milk612602/09/1761603
BBQ Chicken w/Milk612502/09/1761605

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.

The Meal Breaks were distributed in CA, KS, KY, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI to foodservice distributors, food banks, and school meal programs, between the dates of April 21 and May 13, 2016.

Products are packed in a master case, and that master case contains the product code number, product description, “Best Used By” Date, and lot code.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The potential for contamination was noted after we received notification from SunOpta, our sunflower kernel supplier, pertaining to positive Listeria monocytogenes results.

Customers who have purchased any of the affected products must contact E S Foods to arrange for product retrieval. If customers have further distributed any of these items, please immediately contact your accounts, advise them of the recall situation, and have them return their outstanding recalled stocks to you and maintain and share your record of the retrieval of these items. Customers with questions may contact E S Foods at 516-682-5484, Monday – Friday, 8am - 5pm, ET.

  • Cheese Stick contents image
  • BBQ Chicken with Milk contents image
  • Cheese with Beef Stick contents image
  • PB&J with Milk contents image
  • Lime Bean Dippers contents image
  • Cinnamon Pop Tarts contents image
  • Frosted Flakes with Cheese Stick contents image
  • Tuna Salad with Milk contents image
  • SunOpta Sunflower Seeds Image, 1 oz.
  • Cheese Cup contents image
  • Cheese Sauce contents image
  • Chips and Dip contents image


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