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Skippy Peanut Butter Recall Stokes Food Safety Worries: What You Can Do

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Today’s sweeping recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Peanut Butter Reduced Fat Super Chunk Spread has definitely stoked new food safety worries, and it may have you wondering, how can you keep your family safe. Wondering if you’re affected? Here’s the information you need. Luckily, according to the Unilever Corporation, there have yet to be any injuries due to this recall. But knowing that salmonella is present in a mainstream food product, and one that’s aimed at kids in particular, is worrisome. So what can you do to make your family a little bit safer?

For starters, grind your own peanut butter, or try to find a small brand, single-source product. The Skippy recall affects 16 states, and this demonstrates how far and wide even one contamination source can spread. With small producers there is more likelihood of oversight. Want to be even more sure? Grind your own at the store, or make your own at home.  If you live in the south, you may want to check your local farmers market, as buying direct from the farmer can be the safest way to get your food.

Finally, you may just be worried about peanut butter in general, and that, like last year’s egg recall, the outbreak is going to spread. If that’s the case, try alternate nut butters such as sun nut, almond, hazelnut, Nutella, or cashew. Of course, salmonella is increasingly widespread so there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll be safe, but these few steps may help you breathe just a little bit easier.

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