As reported in a Food and Drug Administration press release, Lovin Oven, the manufacturer of Health Valley Granola bars has performed a voluntary recall on several of its flavors.
The voluntary recall is based on the potential of certain flavors being contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella.
The types of granola bars affected are Organic Peanut Crunch, Dutch Apple and Wildberry Chewy. The one thing in common as far as ingredients is that these bars contain organic toasted soy grits supplied by Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative of Ubly, MI.
This follows a recall by another granola bar manufacturer; because of the use of ingredients supplied by Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.