Energy Balls Recalled For Meningitis

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Energy Balls Meningitis

We’ve written about energy balls a few times on this site – they’re healthy, convenient ways to get a little boost through your day without loading up on sugar and caffeine. But a recent report from Britain’s Food Standards Agency reveals that one brand of balls could be contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that can cause meningitis in humans.

The brand is Bounce, which is sold both in the United States and abroad at a variety of retailers, including Whole Foods. The company has recalled two flavors – “Cashew & Pecan Vitality Lift” and “Apple & Cinnamon Protein Punch” – due to the presence of sunflower seeds that were improperly sourced or processed. Those seeds are the vector for listeria.

The Telegraph has a rundown on the situation, which has many worried. The risk of contracting meningitis for listeria is larger in infants and the elderly, but the bacteria alone can cause a number of unpleasant flu-like symptoms including chills, muscle pain and upset stomach.

There’s no indication as to when the company plans to get the two flavors back on the shelves. It’s important to note that their other formulations do not contain sunflower seeds and are still safe for consumption.