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CARLISLE, Pa. — If you ate sunflower seeds sold on the salad bar at local MARTIN’S Food Markets, they may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the company warned on Tuesday.

The sunflower seeds in question were sold on the salad bar from May 20 – May 22, 2016 in the following 23 MARTIN’S store locations only:

  1. 253 North Washington Highway, Ashland
  2. 12601 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester
  3. 6401 Centralia Road, Chesterfield
  4. 3107-15 Blvd., Colonial Heights
  5. 10150 Brook Road, Glen Allen
  6. 10250 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen
  7. 9645 West Broad Street, Glen Allen
  8. 7324 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville
  9. 200 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian
  10. 13700 Hull Street Road, Midlothian
  11. 3330 South Crater Road, Petersburg
  12. 5700 Brook Road, Richmond
  13. 5201 Chippenham Crossing Center, Richmond
  14. 7045 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond
  15. 10001 Hull Street Road, Richmond
  16. 2250 John Rolfe Parkway, Richmond
  17. 11361 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond
  18. 3460 Pump Road, Richmond
  19. 4591 South Laburnum Road, Richmond
  20. 3000 Stony Point Road, Richmond
  21. 7035 Three Chopt Road, Richmond
  22. 3522 West Cary St., Richmond
  23. 4660 Monticello Ave., Williamsburg

The sunflower seeds were first recalled by SunOpta.

MARTIN’S has received no reports of illnesses to date. Customers who have purchased this product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to MARTIN’S for a full refund.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease.

Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis.

However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

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