On March 11th, 2011, Pierre Foods announced a voluntary recall of 320 cases of their crustless peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches (PBJamwich) due to some possible contamination problems.
What do you need to know about this recall?
There is some potential that these products have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may 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.
The sandwiches were distributed to Giant-Carlisle stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
The PierreTM pb jamwich comes in a 12-count red carton and is sold in the freezer section of the supermarket. The product in question is stamped “Best if purchased by 03-11-2011” in the lower right hand corner. The UPC code is 7599921368.
This recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution after Listeria monocytogenes was detected in one product sample. After discussions with the FDA, Pierre Foods elected to recall the product to ensure consumer safety. There have been no reported illnesses or consumer complaints.
What should you do if you still have some of these products in your home?
Any consumer with the “Best if purchased by 03-11-2011” product in their freezer can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-982-7091 from 8:00am – 5:00pm EST or you can contact Mary Patrick
@ 312-573-5470 or 312-961-9159.
The plant where the product was manufactured has operated for 19 years with no food safety recalls or other serious problems.