I probably should put this at the bottom, but whatever... I have all of my packages of Happy Farms Cheese ready to be returned for a refund at Aldi and decided to call Parkers Farm to inform them of our illnesses. Well, the customer service person told me two things. 1. She said that Listeria takes 70 days to show up and 2. Parkers Farm does NOT provide the shredded cheese to Aldi under the brand Happy Farms. So, once again, I am stumped as to why we both were sick.
This was my original post, but the information in the first paragraph is wrong if Parkers Farm does not provide the shredded variety:
Okay, dear readers, I might have solved the mystery. Happy Farms Cheese, which Ev and I both liberally sprinkle on our chili, and recently ate, is made by Parkers Farm. Parkers Farm is recalling it's products due to a possible listeria contamination. I would venture a guess that the word "possible" could be dropped from that sentence... The products were not just sold at Aldi and were sold under many different brands. I just saw this recall on the local news tonight, March 24th. Here's what www.parkersfarm.com has on it's front page:
On March 21, 2014 Parkers Farm is recalling all of its products within code date due to possible listeria contamination. If you currently have any of our products at home, please return them to your local retailer or discard. Please do not consume. Customer Call Center Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm CST. 1-800-869-6685
Parkers Farm Acquisition LLC., Coon Rapids, Minnesota, is announcing a voluntary recall of all products because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes.
This action is being taken as a precaution in response to testing conducted by the State of Minnesota. None of Parkers Farm products in the marketplace have been associated with any illness.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individualls 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.