According to the FDA, Parkers Farm, Inc. (of Coon Rapids, Minnesota) has announced an expanded recall of various peanut butter, cheese and salsa and other products, to include all date codes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
The recall, originally announced January 8, 2010, affected product with sell by dates of specific ranges. The expanded recall now includes all products and all sell by dates.
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, Sams Club, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Aldi. Click on the following link to view the FDA Recall Release and list of affected products.
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. The state of Minnesota, FDA, and the company continue their investigation into what, exactly, caused this potential problem.
It is also important to note that, to date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. Nevertheless, the company is urging consumers who may have purchased these products to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions can also contact the company at (800) 869-6685.