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Food Recall Hits Big Chain Stores

Listeria Contamination Suspects: Peanut Butter, Salsa, Cheese, More
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Jan. 12, 2010 -- Listeria contamination has led Parkers Farm Inc. to recall peanut butter, cheese, salsa, and other foods from a long list of major food retailers.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in small children and older people. The contamination was detected in Parkers products tested by health departments in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

So far, Parkers Farm says there have been no reported illnesses.

Parkers, based in Coon Rapids, Minn., sold the products at the following major food retailers:

  • Costco
  • Cub
  • Hy-Vee
  • Jewel
  • Kroger
  • Lunds & Byerly's
  • Marsh
  • Nash Finch
  • Price Chopper
  • Rainbow
  • Safeway
  • Sam's Club
  • Shop Rite
  • Target
  • Whole Foods

The foods included in the recall all carry specific "sell by" dates a half inch from the top of the container. The foods recalled by Parkers Farm are:

  • 16-ounce peanut butter in square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid); varieties are 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 (tub with snap-on lid); varieties are creamy and crunchy with sell by dates between 8/11/2010 and 9/30/2010.
  • 7-ounce bagel spreads in white plastic containers (tub 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 (tub with snap-on lid); varieties are jalapeno nacho, pimento, and salsa con queso with sell by dates between 8/11/2010 and 9/30/2010.
  • 8-ounce, 12-ounce, and 16-ounce cold pack cheese in round or square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid); varieties are sharp cheddar, bacon, onion, smoked cheddar, Swiss almond, horseradish, garlic, port wine, and Swiss and cheddar with sell by dates between 11/14/2010 and 12/31/2010.
  • 16-ounce salsa in square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), varieties are hot, mild, garlic, black bean, and fire-roasted with sell by dates between 3/14/2010 and 4/30/2010.

Other labels affected by this recall:

  • 16-ounce Happy Farms cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub 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 (tub with snap-on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, and Swiss almond with sell by dates between 11/18/2010 through 12/15/2010.
  • 8-ounce Central Markets cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), varieties are 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 (tub with snap-on lid) with sell by dates of 8/16/2010.
  • 16-ounce Central Markets salsa in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, and horseradish with sell by dated of 3/17/2010 through 3/24/2010.
  • 8-ounce Dutch Farms cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, horseradish, and Swiss & cheddar with sell by dates of 11/16/2010 through 11/18/2010.

Parkers Farm says that products with different sell by dates are safe to eat.

Customers who purchased the recalled products may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have questions,call Parkers Farm at (800) 869-6685.

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