Parkers Farm Recall 2014: Listeria-Tainted Cheese, Peanut Butter, And Salsa Sold At Whole Foods, Target

Minnesota-based food company Parkers Farm Acquisition LLC is recalling salsa, cheese, spreads, peanut butter, and other food items that may be contaminated with listeria. Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock

A Minnesota food company has issued a voluntary recall of products sold nationwide following reports of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, regulators said on Saturday.

The Food and Drug Administration said that the recall by Parkers Farm Acquisition LLC involves foods like peanut butter, cheese, salsa, and spreads. The decision comes in response to a probe by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, which determined that some ready-to-eat products may be contaminated with the bacteria.

“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,” the agency wrote in a press release. “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, Wal-Mart, and Brookshire stores.”

Here are some of the recalled items:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 10-ounce Happy Farms cheese balls (plastic overwrap), including sharp cheddar and port wine varieties 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
  • 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

A complete list can be found on the FDA’s or Parker Farm’s website. Consumers can also call (800) 869-6685. So far, there have been no reports of illness associated with any of the food items.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, L.monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection characterized by fever, muscle aches, headaches, nausea, and diarrhea. For pregnant women, the infection can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the child. Unlike many other foodborne pathogens, Listeria can thrive in cold temperatures, growing in environments as cold as refrigerators. 

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