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Parkers Farm Acquisition Recalls Products Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

Mar 25, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) just issued an alert to consumers to avoid eating certain products produced by Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced.

The recalled peanut butter, cheese, salsa, and spreads produced by Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria that was discovered following a state agriculture department product sampling of the finished products.

The recall involves the following products with the indicated “sell by” dates:

  • 16-ounce Parkers peanut butter: square plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; creamy, crunchy, honey creamy, and honey crunchy; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 34-ounce Parkers peanut butter: round plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; creamy and crunchy; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 12-ounce Parkers spreads: round or square plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; jalapeño and pimento; sell by date before 9/20/2014
  • 8- and 16-ounce Parkers cold pack cheese: round plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; sharp cheddar, bacon, onion, smoked cheddar, Swiss almond, horseradish, garlic, port wine, and “Swiss & cheddar”; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 16-ounce Parkers salsa: round plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; hot, mild, garlic, and fire-roasted; sell by date before 7/20/2014
  • 10-ounce Parkers cheese balls or logs; plastic overwrap; sharp cheddar, port wine, ranch, and “smokey bacon”; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 10-ounce Happy Farms cheese balls; plastic overwrap; sharp cheddar and port wine; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 16-ounce Happy Farms cold pack cheese; round plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; sharp cheddar and port wine; a sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 8-ounce Central Markets cold pack cheese; round plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; sharp cheddar, port wine, horseradish, and Swiss almond; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 12-ounce and 20-ounce Hy-Top cheese spread; round plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; pimento and jalapeño; sell by date before 9/20/2014
  • 8-ounce Amish Classic cold pack cheese; round plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; sharp cheddar, port wine, and Swiss almond; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 14-ounce Say Cheez beer cheese; round plastic container tubs with snap-on lids; regular and hot varieties; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 10-ounce Win Schuler original variety cheese balls or logs; plastic overwrap; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 8-,12-, and 14-ounce Bucky Badger cheese spreads; tubs with snap-on lids; cheddar, port wine, bacon, garlic, horseradish, jalapeño, and Swiss almond; sell by date before 3/20/2015
  • 5-pound foodservice products; cold pack cheese foods, cheese spreads, and peanut butter; sell by date before 3/20/2015.

The recalled products are distributed nationwide under the following labels:

  • Parkers Farm
  • Parkers
  • Happy Farms
  • Central Markets
  • Hy-Top
  • Amish Classic
  • Say Cheez
  • Win Schuler
  • Bucky Badger

The recalled products were sold at several retail stores, including Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerly’s, Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Costco, ALDI, Wal-Mart, and Brookshire stores, to name some.

The Listeria pathogen is unique because of its ability to thrive in colder temperatures, such as those found in refrigerated environments. Listeria also has an unusually long incubation period—up to 70 days—according to experts. The pathogen also tolerates heat and dry temperatures well, adding further challenges to the pathogen’s eradication and length to expected reporting time frames.

Listeriosis is the food borne disease caused by the Listeria pathogen is dangerous and can be deadly, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women. Listeriosis may 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 also 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.

To date, no reports of illness have been associated with consumption of the recalled products. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to either discard the products or return them to the place of purchase.


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