Product liability News: Possible Listeria contamination

Legal news for product liability attorneys. Potential Listeria contamination sparks Parkers Farm Inc. recall.

Food and Drug Administration alerts product liability attorneys- Possible Listeria contamination prompts Parker Foods recall.

Minneapolis, MN—A potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and/or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems, has prompted Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota to recall several products, as reported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) http://www.fda.gov/.

According to the FDA, the following products under the Parkers Farm or Parkers label have been recalled:

• 16 oz 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 oz. 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 oz. 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 oz. dips & spreads in square plastic containers (tub with snap on lid), varieties are jalapeño nacho, pimento and salsa con queso with sell by dates between 8/11/2010 and 9/30/2010**.
• 8 oz., 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 11/14/2010 and 12/31/2010**.
• 16 oz. 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**.

Additional products affected by this recall include:

• 16 oz. 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 oz. 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 thru 12/15/2010**
• 8 oz. 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 12/9/2010**
• 14 oz. Central Markets Salsa Con Queso in round plastic containers (tub with snap on lid) with sell by dates of 8/16/2010**.
• 16 oz. 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 3/17/2010 thru 3/24/2010**.
• 8 oz. 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 thru 11/18/2010**.

**NOTE: The sell by dates are printed on container ½ inch from top

A healthy individual may only suffer short-term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women are also caused by Listeria infections. At this time no illnesses have been reported concerning this recall. The recalled products were distributed and sold across the country at the following retail outlets: Hy-Vee, CUB, Rainbow, Byerlys Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Jewel, Dominicks, Marsh, Price Chopper, Shop rite, Nash Finch, Sam’s Club, Costco, Safeway.

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

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for product liability lawyers.

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