Parkers Farm Expands Listeria Recall

Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota just expanded its previously announced recall of products to now include all date codes due to the potential for contamination with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this problem.

The recall, originally announced on 01/08/2010, affected product with sell by dates of specific ranges. The expanded recall now includes all products and all sell by dates.

The FDA noted that 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, Sams Club, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Aldi. A revised list can be accessed at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm197823.htm

The FDA said the recall was a result of a sampling conducted by the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota, which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria. The state of Minnesota, FDA, and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. The FDA is advising consumers who have purchased these products to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company toll free at 1-800-869-6685.

Listeriosis, the infection caused by the Listeria pathogen, is dangerous and can often be deadly, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection.

Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of all Listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy. Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults, reported the LATimes.

Listeria monocytogenes infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500. Contamination occurs in meat and poultry as well as vegetables tainted via soil or fertilizer, noted the LATimes. Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults, reported the LATimes previously.

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