Multiple food products recalled

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minn., is recalling several products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may 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, the agency notes in a press release.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

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

The following recalled products were sold under the Parkers Farm or Parkers label. Note that all sell-by dates are clearly printed on each container 0.5- inches from the top.

  • 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 Nov. 14, 2010 and Dec. 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 Aug. 11, 2010 and Sept. 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 May 13, 2010 and June 30, 2010.
  • 14-ounce dips and spreads in square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), varieties are jalapeño nacho, pimento and salsa con queso with sell-by dates between Aug. 11, 2010 and Sept. 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 & cheddar with sell-by dates between Nov. 14, 2010 and Dec. 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 March 14, 2010 and April 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 Nov. 24, 2010 and Dec. 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 Nov. 18, 2010 through Dec. 15, 2010.
  • 8-ounce Central Markets Cold Pack Cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port win and Swiss almond, horseradish with sell-by dates of Dec. 9, 2010.
  • 14-ounce Central Markets Salsa Con Queso in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid) with sell-by dates of Aug. 16, 2010.
  • 16-ounce Central Markets Salsa in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), varieties are sharp cheddar, port wine, Swiss almond, horseradish with sell-by dates of March 17, 2010 through March 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 Nov. 16, 2010 through Nov. 18, 2010.

The recall was a result of a sampling done by the state of Wisconsin and the state of Minnesota which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria. FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return in to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 869-6685.

In other recall news, HP Hood is recalling select Heluva Good branded 8-ounce plastic cup containers of Cold Pack Cheese Food because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the product and codes listed below.

  • 8-ounce plastic cup containers of Heluva Good Port Wine Cold Pack Cheese Food with the UPC 73570 55503 and sell-by date between Nov. 15, 2010 through Dec. 15, 2010.
  • 8-ounce plastic cup containers of Heluva Good Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Food with the UPC 73570 55501 and sell-by date between Nov. 15, 2010 through Dec. 15, 2010.

The recalled products were distributed in stores in the following states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island.

The recall is being done as a precaution and is the result of a sampling done by the state of Wisconsin (from the facility that co-packs products under the Heluva Good brand) which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can call Heluva Good Consumer Affairs at (800) 242-2423.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration



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