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Minnesota’s Parkers Farm Recalls All Products With Code Date

A Minnesota company that makes peanut butter, cheese spreads and dips, bagel spreads and salsas has recalled all its products for possible Listeria contamination. Parkers Farm Inc. is asking consumers not to consume any of its products with a code date.

The Coon Rapids, MN-based company said a problem with its products was discovered through testing by the State of Minnesota. The Parker Farms products can either be returned for credit at retailers or discarded.

The list of recalled products includes:

16-ounce Parkers Farm 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 Farm 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;

12-ounce Parkers Farm 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;

8-ounce and 16-ounce Parkers Farm 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;

16-ounce Parkers Farm 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;

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; and,

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

The products are distributed nationwide under the Parkers Farm, Parkers, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler, and Bucky Badger labels. These products were sold at several retail stores, including but not limited to, Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerly’s, Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Costco, ALDI, Walmart and Brookshire stores.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the recall.

© Food Safety News
  • Aki Hinata

    I am really angry about this. I bought Parker’s Farm peanut butter back in January or February and we’ve long since eaten it, but TODAY Costco calls me to say that I’ve bought tainted peanut butter and I should return it. Too little, too late!

    • Nan

      These things happen with mass food production. We will continue to see late recalls. I am actually pleased that Costco tries to notify the customer base. If you shopped at Trader Joe’s they have no idea what you bought. We ate the peanut butter also and our family is fine.

      • Aki Hinata

        I’m not angry with Costco. I wish the recall had been issued sooner, though. And I read that Parker’s Farm had the same issue a few years ago. That irritates me.

    • Kdee

      why would you be angry if you ate it and had no problems with symptoms? I love Parkers Products and eat the peanut butter everyday – no problems and I also got the Costco info. It never would have crossed my mind to be angry. Not a peanut butter producer that hasn’t had this problem at one time or another.
      Don’t be a fair weather friend!

  • Nana

    went through almost a whole container of peanut butter since purchased in January…have had stomach cramps, diarrhea for past 4 days..get call yesterday from Costco about recall…flu or listeria???? Hmmmmm

    • FruFru

      Definitely get it checked out by your healthcare provider! I’m sure the MN Department of Health would be interested in investigating any potential illnesses as a result of this product.

    • Emmie

      Stomach cramps and diarrhea are not influenza symptoms.

      • Charlcie C

        lol…She was being sarcastic. :P When she said “the flu”….she was probably referring to gastroenteritis or aka “stomach flu”, which most definitely consists of nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramps…and the like. smh

  • Igubueke

    We bought the peanut butter in February. I’ve had nausea on and off for a week. My wife Is now suffering from diahrrea and fever and is totally out of commission. I’m not mad at Costco- I appreciate the phone call. However, we will never purchase another Parker’s Farm product again. It’s unfortunate …

  • Cait

    I purchased this peanut butter and ate probably half of it. I had extreme nausea, abdominal pains, headaches, and diarrhea for ten days. I was so worried about my health that I had blood work as well as an abdominal ultrasound to try and figure out what was going on. I guess now I know. :-(

  • Suzanne

    When the so called “super bug”
    , stomach flu, was going around my husband was hospitalized twice during a 5 week period of time for these symptoms of Listeria contaminated foods… he is immune supressed due to a heart transplant… the Dr’s did medication adjustments and gave him tons of fluids… and for myself, I was by his side at the hospital… I actually had one of the contaminated products listed with me to snack on… I ended up having to be transported from his hospital room to the emergency room for fluids… I am wondering if Listeria was checked for in our systems… my husband has a heart biopsy scheduled for this Tuesday… I definitely will be checking up on the specifics of all test ran and if there is any possibility that this was what was wrong with us…

  • Kris

    We live on this peanut butter. My wife got sick with ALL of the symptoms described for a healthy person, now what? Thankfully she seems to be over it and I guess I lucked out. I returned what we had left to Costco. We go through 2 containers of this peanut butter every week.

  • Nancy Hannon Zimpfer

    I am a little confused – if I have a use by date of 1/30/15 it is ok?

  • jojo

    I have had the headache , balance problems , nausea for 2 days. Went to ER last night and had a cat scan done. Today I have stiff neck , sweats , off balance. I have bought and eaten Happy Farms cheese products in the last week to 2 weeks. But have bought sliced american cheese and also , sliced pepper jack cheese. I have not bought any of the products listed. But I find it strange to have these symptoms but yet not eat what has been recalled. I think they should expand you testing.

  • Lynne Wagner

    I just bought Happy Farms Feta crumbles, any recall on this or safe?

  • Ann Bridges

    bullcrap no illnesses….as I see from this feed? MANY people have been sick with symtoms…
    My husband and I are just figuring this out!! we both had horrible horrible sick for days craming, dirarrhea…some vomitting. I mean SEVERE diarrhea…where I had to go to hospital…where they said “eh…its going around.” Im convinced this is the cause. This is the only thing we can place together. The only way we found out about this is that we went to CUB(where we got it last time) to buy a new parkers PB…and we found it all gone. Asked about it (normally wouldnt) and they told me of the recall.
    I found my tub…and YUP! This is it!! DAMN! im so mad

    • kdee

      Voluntary recall on Parkers Farms part – It was not a required recall !!! As the previous post stated – take a minute and search “recalls” in google and see what you find – you will be mad at many,many food producing companies – recalls happen for one reason or another – and you do not know that the peanut butter as the cause of your illness. If you are honest with yourself and look at this past winter there were many people sick and I doubt that they all had been snacking on peanut butter.

  • easy Come Easy Go

    Why not the 14 oz. size of the Happy Farms sharp Cheddar sold by Aldis in NW Indiana? Today I questioned the store I bought mine from about why they no longer carry it, and got nothing but BS answers! Is the 14 oz. not included?? I think not! I’m into the 70 day incubation period by about 21 days thus far! Been eating at least a 14 oz. container every week this year thus far…………

  • Wendy

    I can’t believe these people that say they will never use this product again. Especially the person who never had symptoms and is now mad. Unbelievable. It was a voluntary recall because they care about their customers. People are always looking for a reason to be offended or angry. And, the people who claim they got sick, they probably got sick because of some other reason. Like not washing your hands. Or using a gross sponge on your counter tops. I for one am disappointed that I can’t find this peanut butter at Rainbow anymore. I love this peanut butter! And, if I can’t find it another store, I will figure out a way to order online. It is the best peanut butter and healthiest I have found.