SunOpta: Production of roasted sunflower kernels resumed
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Toronto - SunOpta Inc. ("SunOpta" or the "Company") (STKL) (SOY.TO), a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods, announced it has resumed production of roasted sunflower kernels at its facility in Crookston, Minn. Production had been paused on April 21, 2016, following the discovery of a potential contamination issue which led to a voluntary recall on a limited number of sunflower seeds produced at this facility.
“Earlier today, we issued a press release to further expand our recall to cover the shelf life of roasted sunflower kernel products originating from our Crookston facility. We expanded the recall because we cannot guarantee the quality of the affected products with absolute certainty, which is always our highest priority,” said Rik Jacobs, SunOpta’s President and CEO.
“We are confident that through our work, in conjunction with external experts, we have identified and eliminated the root causes of the contamination and therefore resumed production of roasted sunflower kernel products at our facility in Crookston,” Jacobs added. “We have also enhanced our testing activities prior to all customer shipments, to give our customers the confidence that all products meet or exceed rigorous quality and food safety specifications.”
Jacobs further commented, “We are confident that we have the resources necessary to appropriately address this challenge, and we carry adequate insurance to help mitigate the direct and indirect costs of events such as a recall. Even though these roasted kernel products from the affected production lines at our Crookston facility represent less than 1% of our annual sales, we take all food safety matters very seriously, regardless of the scope of the product involved.”
About SunOpta Inc.
SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified ("non-GMO") and specialty foods. SunOpta specializes in the sourcing, processing and packaging of organic and non-GMO food products, integrated from seed through packaged products; with a focus on strategic vertically integrated business models. SunOpta's organic and non-GMO food operations revolve around value-added grain, seed, fruit and vegetable based product offerings, supported by a global sourcing and supply infrastructure.