Amrita Health Foods, of Pleasantville, New York, voluntarily recalled a limited number of protein bars due to a risk of Listeria contamination in the sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter ingredients.
No illnesses have been reported. The sunflower seeds were found to be contaminated with Listeria during routine product testing by Amrita’s supplier, Hudson Valley Foods, Inc., of Highland, New York.
The recalled Amrita Bars were sold nationwide between April 24 and May 31, 2017, with “Best-By” dates from April 24 until May 31, 2018.
Amrita Bars are available at stores like Wegmans, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Market Basket, Smoothie King, and online at amazon.com.
The recalled protein bar flavors include:
- Amrita Chocolate Maca Bar, 60 gram, UPC 853009004056
- Amrita Dark Chocolate Quinoa, 60 gram, UPC 853009004438
- Amrita Sunflower Seed Butter, 60 gram, UPC 853009004414
- Amrita Chocolate Chip Coconut, 50 gram, UPC 853009004391
- Amrita Mango Coconut, 50 gram, UPC 853009004018
- Amrita Apricot Strawberry, 50 gram, UPC 853009004056
- Amrita Pineapple Chia, 50 gram, UPC 853009004025
- Amrita Apple Cinnamon, 50 gram, UPC 853009004049
- Amrita Cranberry Raisin, 50 gram, UPC 853009004032
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning infections, especially in people with vulnerable immune systems. Pregnant women often have no symptoms other than an unexplained miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, or infected baby.
The symptoms of Listeria infections may include fever, body chills, muscle or joint pain, severe headache, stiffness, flu-like symptoms, and sometimes diarrhea, nausea, or abdominal cramps.
For more information about the recall, you can call Amrita Health Foods from Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4p.m. at 1-888-728-7779 or visit www.AmritaHealthFoods.com.