Recall Alert! Parkers Farm Snacks Pulled Due to Listeria Risk

Photo: Courtesy of the Manufacturer
Photo: Courtesy of the Manufacturer

Today, Minnesota-based manufacturer Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC, announced a voluntary recall on certain peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture found some of their products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Listeria, a food borne illness, can cause listeriosis infection, and it may take up to four weeks for symptoms to show. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, headaches, stiff neck, confusion and loss of balance and convulsions. If you’re pregnant, listeria is especially dangerous to you. Listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and can even be fatal for a mom-to-be. If you’re experiencing symptoms, see your doctor immediately. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.

Here’s what you need to know about the recall:

The Parkers Farm’s recall includes (but is not necessarily limited to) the products with the “sell by” dates listed below.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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

Thankfully, there haven’t been any reports of listeria associated with Parkers Farm products.

What to do if you own any of the recalled products:

Return any affected products to the retailer where you purchased it, or call the company at 1-800-869-6685 or visit www.parkersfarm.com before discarding.

The products are distributed nationwide under the names Parkers Farm, Parkers, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler and Bucky Badger labels. The listed items were also sold at multiple stores, including Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerly’s, Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Costco, ALDI, Wal-Mart and Brookshire stores.

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