Sunflower Kernels Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Recall Alert

Taylors Candy, Inc., is recalling 5.5-ounce packages of “Stuckey’s” Sunflower Kernels due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled packages were distributed to stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, and Kentucky.

The fronts of the packages are stamped with a code date of 11036.

To date no illnesses have been reported in connection with the possible outbreak; however, customers are being advised to either throw out the packages or return them for a full refund. The listeria monocytogenes strain can cause critical infections in people with weakened immune systems, children, and the elderly. Healthy people can also be affected, primarily from short-term symptoms like bad headaches, nausea, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain and muscle stiffness.

Pregnant women need to be careful as the infection can sometimes lead to stillbirths or miscarriages.

The recall is part of an expanded voluntary recall for  Sunflower Kernels by SunOpta Corp. The recall was announced after routine testing revealed Listeria monocytogenes in the facility that processes the kernels.

For questions and inquiries about the recalled Stuckey’s Sunflower Kernels, email:  info (at) or call 708- 371-6144, from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET).

Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co. is also voluntarily recalling Sunflower Kernels (Cajun Hot Mix and Sweet & Salty Mix) because they may also be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The packages, sold in clear bags, were distributed throughout the country to outdoor sporting goods stores and retail farm locations.  The recall also originated from the sunflower kernel  supplier SunOpta—the kernel exists within the Cajun Hot Mix and Sweet & Salty Mix and ingredients.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall, but consumers are being advised to throw out the product or return it for a full refund.

For a full list of label and package sizes (as well as photos), click here to visit the FDA website. All inquiries can be directed to Rucker’s: 800-633-1857, between Monday and Friday from  7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. CST (8:30 a.m. ET – 5:30 pm ET). Email: customerservice (at)


“Taylors Candy Inc. Recalls “Stuckey’s Sunflower Kernels” Because of Possible Health Risk,” FDA web site, June 8, 2016;, last accessed June 9, 2016.

“Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co. Recalls Sunflower Kernel, Sweet & Salty Mix, Cajun Hot Mix Because Of Possible Health Risk,” FDA web site, June 8, 2016;, last accessed June 9, 2016.