Quaker Canada Issues Voluntary Recall For Products Sold In Ontario Due to Possible Health Risk

Product Limited to a Small Quantity of Specific Lots of Quaker Quinoa Bars  

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Quaker Canada today announced a voluntary recall of a small quantity of specific lots of Quaker Quinoa Bars after an ingredient supplier was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono). The products were only distributed in Ontario to Longo's stores and a number of other drug stores and pharmacies across the province. There have been no reported illnesses to date. However, Quaker Canada is initiating the voluntary recall in an abundance of caution to protect public health.

L.mono is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. 

While the vast majority of potentially affected Quaker products were withheld from ever reaching retail shelves, the products being recalled from Ontario are as follows:

  • 5-count boxes of Harvest Quinoa Yogurt Fruit & Nut bars (UPC: 1 00 55577 11020 1, BB/MA: 16 OC 12)
  • 5-count boxes of Harvest Quinoa Chocolate Nut Medley bars (UPC: 1 00 55577 11021 8, BB/MA: 16 OC 16)


Pictures of the products listed above will be available on www.quakeroats.ca.

At this time there are no other lots of Quaker Quinoa bars or any other Quaker products involved in this situation. The company is working closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to further investigate this issue, but in the meantime is taking these actions out of commitment to and concern for consumers.

Consumers who have purchased either of the above products are urged to dispose of or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. They can also direct any questions to 800-267-6287 or find more information at www.quakeroats.ca.

About The Quaker® Oats Company
The Quaker Oats Company, headquartered in Chicago, is a unit of PepsiCo, Inc., one of the world's largest consumer packaged goods companies. For more than 135 years, Quaker's brands have served as symbols of quality, great taste and nutrition. Holding leadership positions in their respective categories, Quaker® Oats, Quaker® Rice Cakes and Quaker Chewy® Granola Bars are consumer favorites. For more information, please visit www.QuakerOats.ca, www.Facebook.com/QuakerCanada or follow us on Twitter @QuakerCanada.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com. Follow PepsiCo:


SOURCE PepsiCo Foods Canada

For further information: Media Contact: Katie Muir, Citizen Relations, on behalf of PepsiCo Foods Canada, 647-963-1447, katie.muir@citizenrelations.com; Consumer Contact: 800-267-6287, www.quakeroats.ca

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