Skippy Recalls Peanut Butter

Bacteria found in peanut butter distributed in Illinois

By Kimberly Podgorski
|  Sunday, Mar 6, 2011  |  Updated 12:20 PM CDT
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Skippy Recalls Peanut Butter

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Bacteria found in a routine sampling prompts a limited recall of Skippy Peanut Butter in 16 states, including Illinois.

On Friday, Unilever issued a press release stating that Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread are being recalled in several states because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The sampling revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria, although no illnesses to date have been reported related to the recall, the release says.

The product was distributed in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The affected products are packaged in a 16.3 oz plastic jar and have UPCs 048001006812 and 048001006782, which can be found on the side of the jar's label, below the bar code. 

They also include 'best-if-used-by-dates' MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1. 

The limited recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the release, "Salmonella, an organism that 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."

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