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SOLANA BEACH, Calif. — Kashi Co., the North County-based maker of breakfast foods and snacks, expanded a previously announced voluntary recall of certain granola products today because of a possible Listeria contamination in sunflower seeds.

The recall, first announced May 31, adds some Kashi granola bar and Bear Naked products to the recall.

Kashi said it took the action because sunflower seeds distributed by supplier SunOpta are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

No illnesses linked to the products have been confirmed, according to the Solana Beach company.

The products added to the recall are Kashi GoLean Honey Pecan Baklava Bars, 5-count with a UPC code of 18627 10474, and “Best If Used Before” dates of July 21, Aug. 7, Sept. 13, Sept. 22 and Oct. 20, all in 2016; and Bear Naked Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter, 11 ounce pouch with a UPC code of  84623 10163, and use by dates of Aug. 13, 2016 to Jan. 11, 2017.

The recall only affect products with certain UPC codes and best used-by dates, which can be found online.

Most healthy people who contract Listeria suffer high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea for short periods of time, but infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, according to Kashi.

Kashi said customers who have purchased recalled products should discard them and contact the company for a refund. Additional information is available online at Kashi.com or by calling the company’s consumer hotline at 877-747-2467 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pacific time.