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Why you should probably avoid anything with sunflower seeds for now

Adriana Velez is Food Editor for SheKnows. She spent her formative years in Brooklyn, which pretty much explains everything about her. She now lives somewhere else and has discovered life after kale and kombucha. She's written for Civil ...

It's time to take a break from sunflower seeds

We love sunflower seeds. You too? They're tasty, they're filling, and they're an excellent source of magnesium, potassium and fiber. But lately they've been a source of something not so fantastic: listeria.

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We told you about the sunflower listeria outbreak and the food recalls that followed. So far, more than three dozen companies have been involved in related recalls. Worse, we can't even point to one central source of information. According to Food Safety News, some companies aren't reporting their recalls to the FDA, instead announcing them via online news releases like PrNewsWire.

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On top of that, sunflower seeds have a tendency to find themselves in all kinds of foods, everywhere, from bread to granola bars to breakfast cereal — you name it. So while it's kind of a bummer, 2016 appears to be the summer to skip the sunflower seeds, just to be on the safe side.

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