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Vitakraft Sun Seed Recalls Select Diets Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

By Vladimir Negron    June 20, 2017 at 01:31PM

Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. of Weston, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling certain Sunseed Parrot Fruit & Vegetable diet and Sunseed SunSations Rabbit Food due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  

 

The following products are being recalled:

 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION

LOT

Best buy

date

87535100597

SS PARROT FRT/VEG. 25#

104082

5/22/2019

87535360564

SS Sunsations Rabbit Food 3.5lb  6/C

104246

6/5/2019

70882077713

MJR PARROT FOOD 4LB 6/CA

103980

5/17/2019

70882077713

MJR PARROT FOOD 4LB 6/CA

103981

5/18/2019

73725732119

ALT Small Animal Apple Slices 1oz 24/CA

103435

4/28/2019

73725732119

ALT Small Animal Apple Slices 1oz 24/CA

103118

4/13/2019

73725749989

NG GUINEA PIG ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C

103440

5/1/2019

73725749989

NG GUINEA PIG ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C

104434

6/8/2019

73725749989

NG GUINEA PIG ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C

103439

5/1/2019

73725750019

NG RABBIT ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C

104436

6/8/2019

73725750019

NG RABBIT ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C

103442

4/27/2019

73725750019

NG RABBIT ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C

103444

4/27/2019

73725750019

NG RABBIT ENTRÉE 4lb 6/C

103443

4/27/2019

82514158955

DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C

104094

3/16/2020

82514158955

DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C

103741

2/19/2020

82514158955

DFS Premium Blend Macaw 5lb 5/C

103876

2/24/2020

 

Vitakraft Sun Seed was notified on June 14, 2017 by its supplier of dried apples that the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. According to a company release, there has been no reported evidence of direct contamination of the dried apples. However, Vitakraft Sun Seed chose to initiate the recall “as a precautionary measure.”

 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems," according to the release. "Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

 

Additionally, despite not appearing sick after consuming foods containing Listeria monocytogenes, birds and rabbits can become carriers of the organism and transfer it to the environment.

 

As of the date of the release, there have been no reports of any illness.

 

Recalled Vitakfraft Sun Seed products were sold in the following states: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Retailers and distributors have been contacted and asked to pull affected lots from their inventory and shelves.

 

Consumers who have purchased recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For additional questions, please contact Vitakraft customer service at 800-221-6175, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

 

Source: FDA

Source: FDA