Listeria Found in Multiple Products from Parkers Farm

Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota is recalling products because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the following retail stores:  Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerlys Lunds, Target, Whole foods, Jewel, Dominicks, Marsh, Price Chopper, Shop Rite, Nash Finch, Sam’s Club, Costco and Safeway.

The following recalled products were sold under the Parkers Farm or Parkers label:
  • 16 ounce peanut butter in square plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are creamy, crunchy, honey creamy and honey crunchy with sell by dates between 11/14/2010 and 12/31/2010**.
  • 34 ounce peanut butter in round plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are creamy and crunchy with sell by dates between 8/11/2010 and 9/30/2010**.
  • 7 ounce bagel spreads in white plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are garden veggie, wild berry, strawberry, apple cinnamon and honey walnut) with sell by dates between 5/13/2010 and 6/30/2010**.
  • 14 ounce dips & spreads in square plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are jalapeno nacho, pimento and salsa con queso with sell by dates between 8/11/2010 and 9/30/2010**.
  • 8 ounce, 12 ounce and 16 ounce cold pack cheese in round or square plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, bacon, onion, smoked cheddar, Swiss almond, horseradish, garlic, port wine, and Swiss & cheddar with sell by dates between 11/14/2010 and 12/31/2010**.
  • 16 ounce salsa in square plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are hot, mild, garlic, black bean and fire roasted with sell by dates between 3/14/2010 and 4/30/2010**.
Other labels affected by this recall:
  • 16 ounce happy farms cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine and Swiss almond with sell by dates between 11/24/2010 and 12/10/2010**.
  • 8 ounce Kroger cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine and Swiss almond with sell by dates between 11/18/2010 thru 12/15/2010**
  • 8 ounce central markets cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, horseradish with sell by dates of 12/9/2010**
  • 14 oz. Central markets salsa con queso in round plastic containers (tub with snap on lid) with sell by dates of 8/16/2010**.
  • 16 oz. Central markets salsa in round plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, horseradish with sell by dated of 3/17/2010 thru 3/24/2010**.
  • 8 oz. Dutch farms cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, horseradish, and Swiss & cheddar with sell by dates of 11/16/2010 thru 11/18/2010**

**Note: sell by dated are clearly printed on container ½ inch from top

Example: sell by 10/21/10 07:56

The recall was a result of a sampling done by the state of Wisconsin and the state of Minnesota, which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria. The FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 869-6685. This recall notice taken from: http://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm197101.htm

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