Safety Recall: Parkers Farm Products Recalled Over Listeria Contamination

March 25th, 2014 · No Comments

I wanted to make sure I posted about this safety recall because it isn’t yet listed on the Costco website and affects multiple stores and multiple products.  Minnesota-based Parkers Farm is recalling all of their peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spread products produced within a certain date range due to positive testing for Listeria monocytogenes.  Not all products are necessarily contaminated but the state testing revealed contamination in some samples from the recall period and Parkers Farm has taken the step to recall all products produced during that period.  At this point no illnesses have resulted from the listeria contamination, but definitely DO NOT eat anything that is part of the recall and return it to Costco or wherever you bought it.

Parkers Farm products are sold at a number of retailers all over the US, including:  ALDI, Brookshire, Byerly’s, Costco, Cub, Hy-Vee, Lunds, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Rainbow, Target, Walmart, Whole Foods.  The recalled products were sold under several different brands:  Parkers Farm, Parkers, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler and Bucky Badger labels.  That is quite a list of stores and brands, so be sure to double check your fridge or cupboard if you shop at any of these places.  Here’s a full list of the recalled products, including the sell-by dates that are part of the recall:

PEANUT BUTTER

• 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

SPREADS AND SALSA

• 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

• 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

CHEESE

• 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

• 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 foodservice products including cold pack cheese foods, cheese spreads and peanut butter with a sell by date before 3/20/2015

If you have additional questions regarding the recall, you can call Parkers Farm at 1-800-869-6685 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST for more information.

Listeria can be bad news for anyone that has a compromised immune system, including the very young or very old, or those that are pregnant causing serious and sometimes fatal infections.  Pregnant women should be especially cautious as listeria infections can be passed on to the fetus even when the mother shows no symptoms. In utero infections have been known to cause premature delivery and can result in serious health complications for a newborn, miscarriage or stillbirth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  A healthy person will usually experience short-term symptoms that include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

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