Parkers Farm Recalls Snack Products for Listeria

Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota has issued a recall over concerns that some of its products have the potential to be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just announced. To date, no illnesses have been reported 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, Sams Club, Costco, and Safeway. All items were sold in tubs with snap-on lids.

The following recalled products were sold under the Parkers Farm or Parkers label:

• 16-ounce peanut butter in square plastic containers. 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. 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. 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 and spreads in square plastic containers. Varieties are jalapeno nacho, pimento, and salsa con queso with sell by dates between 8/11/2010 and 9/30/2010**.

• 8-, 12-, and 16-ounce cold pack cheese in round or square plastic containers. Varieties are sharp cheddar, bacon, onion, smoked cheddar, Swiss almond, horseradish, garlic, port wine, and Swiss and cheddar with sell by dates between 11/14/2010 and 12/31/2010**.

• 16-ounce salsa in square plastic containers. 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. 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. 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. Varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, and horseradish with sell by dates of 12/9/2010**

• 14-ounce Central Markets salsa con queso in round plastic containers with sell by dates of 8/16/2010**.

• 16-ounce Central Markets salsa in round plastic containers. Varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, and horseradish with sell by dates of 3/17/2010 thru 3/24/2010**.

• 8-ounce Dutch Farms cold pack cheese in round plastic containers. Varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, horseradish, and Swiss and cheddar with sell by dates of 11/16/2010 thru 11/18/2010**.

**Note: Sell by dates are clearly printed on the container, ½ inch from top. Example: Sell by 10/21/10.

The recalls are a result of a sampling conducted by the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota, which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria. The

FDA and Parkers Farm continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return the recalled product 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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