Recalls: ‘Big Rex and Friends’; food products

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The following recalls have been announced:

— About 204,000 “Big Rex and Friends” cloth books, made in China and imported by St. Martin’s Press LLC, of New York, because a red plastic dot sewn in the book contains high levels of lead, which is toxic to young children if they ingest it. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The recalled “Big Rex and Friends” cloth book has a red dinosaur on the cover. The cloth books were sold at Barnes & Noble, Toys R Us, Amazon, Borders and other bookstores and retailers nationwide from May 2004 through October 2009. Details: by phone at 800-347-9411; by Web at or

— Certain peanut butter, cheese, salsa, cream cheese bagel spreads, dips and spreads produced by Parkers Farm Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minn. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said product sampling determined some of the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The products were distributed nationwide in retail stores under the Parkers Farm or Parkers labels. For more product details, consumers can call Parkers Farm Inc. at 800-869-6685.