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Listeria monocytogenes contamination spurs large recall of Parkers Farm products

Recall Parkers Farm products1 Listeria monocytogenes contamination spurs large recall of Parkers Farm productsA recall is currently being conducted by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Consumer Food Safety Inspectors after it was determined that many varieties of the Parkers Farm Acquisition snack foods were contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The bacteria were discovered during a routine check performed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

Although no illnesses have been reported in association with the affected products, Parkers Farm has chosen to cooperate with the MDA investigation by issuing a recall on all its products with certain “sell by” dates. In order to avoid illness, Parkers Farm asks that consumers who have purchased the recalled peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads return them to the store they were purchased or discard them completely.

A list of the recalled Parkers Farm products and their “sell by” dates can be found below:

*16-ounce Parkers peanut butter in square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including creamy, crunchy, honey creamy and honey crunchy varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*34-ounce Parkers peanut butter in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including creamy and crunchy varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*12-ounce Parkers spreads in round or square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including jalapeño and pimento varieties with a sell-by date before 9/20/2014.

*8-ounce and 16-ounce Parkers cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, bacon, onion, smoked cheddar, Swiss almond, horseradish, garlic, port wine, and “Swiss & cheddar” varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*16-ounce Parkers salsa in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including hot, mild, garlic, and fire-roasted varieties with a sell by date before 7/20/2014.

*10-ounce Parkers cheese balls or logs (plastic overwrap), including sharp cheddar, port wine, ranch, and “smokey bacon” varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*10-ounce Happy Farms cheese balls (plastic overwrap), including sharp cheddar and port wine varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*16-ounce Happy Farms cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar and port wine varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*8-ounce Central Markets cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, port wine, horseradish, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*12-ounce and 20-ounce Hy-Top cheese spread in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including pimento and jalapeño varieties with a sell by date before 9/20/2014.

*8-ounce Amish Classic cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, port wine, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*14-ounce Say Cheez beer cheese in round plastic container (tub with snap on lid), including regular and hot varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*10-ounce Win Schuler original variety cheese balls or logs (plastic overwrap) with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*8-ounce, 12-ounce, and 14-ounce Bucky Badger cheese spreads (tub with snap-on lid) including cheddar, port wine, bacon, garlic, horseradish, jalapeño, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

*5-pound food service products including cold pack cheese foods, cheese spreads and peanut butter with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.

The recalled products have been distributed nationwide under the following labels:  Parkers Farm, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler, and Bucky Badger.  The retail stores carrying the potentially dangerous products include, but are not limited to:  Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerly’s, Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Costco, ALDI, Wal-Mart, and Brookshire stores.

Listeriosis, caused by the consumption of foods contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, is a potentially fatal disease that involves symptoms such as fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness, and nausea. The disease has also been associated with a number of fatal infections in infants, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Miscarriages and stillbirths have been reported in conjunction with listeriosis in pregnant women.

For more information about this recall, contact Parkers Farm by phone at 800-869-6685 or online at www.parkersfarm.com.

Source:
WSFA