DHS: Parkers Farm products recalled because of possible health risk due to Listeria monocytogenes bacteria

Contact: Seth Boffeli

(608) 266-1683

MADISON – Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, has recalled all products sold under the Parkers Farm or Parkers label because of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. These products were distributed nationwide. Contaminated products have been found in Wisconsin, however no illnesses related to these products have been reported.

Parkers Farm products identified by the U.S. FDA are listed on the following web site: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm197823.htm

Listeria monocytogenes may cause serious or even fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, or others with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women. In otherwise healthy adults, it may cause short-term signs and symptoms including high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The recall was a result of testing conducted by the State of Wisconsin and the State of Minnesota, which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria.

Consumers who have purchased a recalled product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1 (800) 869-6685. Any consumers who believe they may have become ill after eating the products should contact their health care provider.

For the protection of consumers, Parkers Farm, Inc. has decided to include all of its products, regardless of date codes, in this recall.