Saturday, January 24, 2009

Parker Products, Inc. Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Certain Peanut Butter Products

Parker Products, Inc. is announcing a voluntary recall of certain Peanut Butter products because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled products contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, which is the subject of the ongoing investigation concerning the recent Salmonella outbreaks. Neither Parker Products nor its customers have received any reports of illness connected to any of these products.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The company has already notified all of its customers who have received the products in question and directed them to remove the affected products from their distribution. The products are sold nationwide in bulk pack cases as an ingredient to manufacturers & companies for private label. None of these products sold directly to consumers.

The following products with the codes listed below are subject to this recall. No other products are impacted.

* Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup 1442
Manufactured on 11/6/08, lot code 08296, 30 pound case.
* Peanut Butter Cookies & Crème Organic Bark 2348
Manufactured on 10/3/08, lot code 08277, 10 pound case.
* Peanut Butter Milk Blend 2310
Manufactured on 07/31/08, lot code 08184, 30 pound case.

This immediate action is being taken out of Parker Products' commitment to provide high quality products, always placing the health and safety of its consumers as its first priority. Consumers should dispose of the product listed above. Consumers with questions regarding this recall may contact Parker Products at 800-433-5749.

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