Peanut Butter fans, it’s time to head to the pantry and check that jar of Skippy. Unilever and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a reall of Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter due to a potential concern with Salmonella contamination. The recall affects a limited number of jars in 15 different states.
Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread sold in 16.3 oz plastic jars. To see if the salmonella scare affects your jar of peanut butter, you can check the UPC codes, located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar codeor or Best-If-Used-By-Dates, which are stamped on the lid of the jar. The following codes are being recalled:
- UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782
- Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1
The recalled Skippy peanut butter was sold in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Although no illnesses have been reported from the contaminated peanut butter, consumers are being asked to discard recalled peanut butter and get a replacement coupon from Unilever.
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.