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Quaker Oats voluntarily recalls some of its Quinoa Granola bars

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 10:42 AM

Quaker Oats has announced a voluntary recall of some of its Quinoa Granola bars.

According to the Consumer Affairs Commission, the recall was announced after an ingredient supplier was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is one of the most dangerous food-borne illnesses, especially for older adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.

It sickens about 16,000 Americans a year, causing fever and muscle aches and gastrointestinal problems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, 13 per cent of patients sickened by listeria died.

The Consumer Affairs Commission says there have been no reported illnesses to date.

However, it says Quaker is initiating the voluntary recall in an abundance of caution to protect public health.

The recall applies to some 6.1-ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Chocolate Nut Medley, as well as some 6.1-ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Yogurt, Fruit & Nut products.

The commission says Jamaican consumers should retain their receipts and return the item to the point of purchase for a refund and or exchange, for an item of their choice.