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Parkers Farm Recalls Peanut Butter, More

Another year, another peanut butter recall.

This time Coon Rapids, MN-based Parkers Farm, Inc. is recalling peanut butter and other products because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the following retail stores: Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Lunds & Byerly’s, Target, Whole Foods, Jewel, Dominick’s, Marsh, Price Chopper, Shop Rite, Nash Finch, Sam’s Club, Costco, and Safeway.

On the recall list are the following products sold under the Parkers Farm or Parkers label:

16-ounce peanut butter in square plastic containers with snap on lids.  Varieties include 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 with snap on lids.  Varieties include creamy and crunchy with sell by dates between 8/11/2010 and 9/30/2010.

7-ounce bagel spreads in white plastic containers with snap on lid.  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 with snap on lids.  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 with snap on lids.  Varieties include sharp cheddar, bacon, onion, smoked cheddar, Swiss almond, horseradish, garlic, port wine, and Swiss & cheddar with sell by dates between 11/14/2010 and 12/31/2010.

16-ounce salsa in square plastic containers with snap on lid.  Varieties include hot, mild, garlic; black bean and fire roasted with sell by dates between 3/14/2010 and 4/30/2010.

Other brands caught up in the recall include:

16-ounce Happy Farms Cold Pack Cheese in round plastic containers with snap on lid.  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 with snap on lids.  Varieties include sharp cheddar, port wine, and Swiss almond with sell by dates between 11/18/2010 and 12/15/2010.

8-ounce Central Markets Cold Pack Cheese in round plastic containers with snap on lids.  Varieties include 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 snap on lids with sell by dates of 8/16/2010.

16 Ounce Central Markets Salsa in round plastic containers with snap on lids.  Varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, and horseradish with sell by dates between 3/17/2010 and 3/24/2010.

8-ounce Dutch Farms Cold Pack Cheese in round plastic containers with snap on lids.  Varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine; Swiss almond, horseradish, and Swiss and cheddar with sell by dates between 11/16/2010 and 11/18/2010.

Sell by dates for all recalled products are printed on the container one-half inch from the top.

The recall was prompted by product sampling conducted by food safety officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin that was positive for the bacteria.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now investigating to determine what caused the problem.

No illnesses have been associated with this recall.

Consumers should return the recalled products to their retailers for a full refund.  Questions may be directed to Parkers Farm at (800)-869-6685.

Listeria Monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.  Children, frail and elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk.  Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.  Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

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  • Ken

    This sounds like post process contamination not peanuts specifically. Even there I would like to see the results. Salsa almost always has a pH well below 4.2. I’m not aware of it ever testing positive for listeria. If the pH was below 4.2 and it was positive for listeria we’ve got a much bigger problem than peanutbutter. Every acidified food could be at a much higher level of risk than previously believed possible.