Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

skippy peanut butter recallUnilever United States Inc. is recalling certain lots of reduced-fat Skippy peanut butter because it could be contaminated with salmonella, the company said.

So far, no one has gotten sick from eating the peanut butter, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Included in the recall are Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread.

Salmonella can cause a potentially fatal infection in young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Normally healthy people can suffer with fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. The Skippy peanut butter was sold in 16 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Included in the recall are 16.3-ounce plastic jars with the UPC codes of 048001006812 or 048001006782 -- consumers can find these numbers on the the side of the jar's label below the bar code. The recalled peanut butter has "best-if-used-by" dates of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 -- stamped on the jar's lid.

The recall was started after company sampling showed the finished products may contain salmonella.

Consumers who bought the recalled peanut butter should discard it and call Unilever for a replacement coupon at (800) 453-3432. A consumer service representative is available weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

Just a little over two years ago, there was a massive recall of about 3,500 peanut products that contained peanuts tainted with salmonella. None of the national brands of peanut butter had been involved in that recall.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an e.coli outbreak has been connected to hazelnuts and mix nut products sold at major grocers around the country.

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