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Deadly Bacteria Possible in Dozens of Products Sold at Costco, Walmart, Target & Whole Foods

Posted by Hal Kleinman on Mar 25, 2014 in Consumer Alerts

Parkers Farm, Inc. is recalling all products produced at its Coon Rapids, Minnesota facility for possible contamination with the potentially deadly Listeria bacterium. Listeria is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and infants.

Parker Farm recall notice

No deaths or illness have been reported. But the Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers who bought Parkers Farm products in recent months to discard them. The products include certain peanut butter, cheese, salsa, cream cheeses, spreads and dips. They were sold nationwide through the following: ALDI, Brookshire, Byerly’s, Costco, Cub, Hy-Vee, Lunds, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Rainbow, Target, Walmart and Whole Foods:

Following are products included in the voluntary 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

What is Listeriosis?

Listeriosis is a rare and serious illness caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes. Persons in a higher-risk category, including pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly, who experience fever after eating any of the Parkers Farms products listed above should seek medical care and tell their health care provider about eating the potentially contaminated food.

Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups. These groups also include people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as cancer). In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, and serious illness or death in newborn babies, though the mother herself rarely becomes seriously ill.

Symptoms of listeriosis infection include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other bowel distress. By time a diagnosis is made, the bacterium usually has spread beyond the digestive tract.

If you develop fever and chills while pregnant or if you are very sick with fever and muscle aches or a stiff neck, consult your doctor immediately. A blood or spinal fluid test will show if you have listeriosis. For more information on Listeria, please read my prior blog, Listeria – A Rare but Deadly Bug.

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