Smuckers Peanut Butter Recall – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall warning for Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky over concerns that Salmonella bacteria may have contaminated the sticky food.
According to the FDA, the tainted peanut butter was discovered after a routine inspection of a random sample by its manufacturer, The J.M. Smucker Company.
The FDA did not disclose how many jars of the Smucker’s peanut butter are involved in this recall. However, the federal recall notice states the contaminated peanut butter was distributed to the following areas: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The federal agency also says the food “would have been purchased [by consumers] between November 8-17.”
While there have been no reports of illnesses, the regulatory agency warns the Salmonella bug can cause fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In some instances, more serious health conditions such as arterial infections may occur if Salmonella-contaminated food is consumed. (For more information, see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website about Salmonella.)
The affected product, which is packaged in 16 oz. jars, can be identified by the following label information:
UPC: 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code) Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012 Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky (Note: Not “Creamy”).
Consumers are urged to discard the Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter immediately and call the Smucker’s company toll-free (888-550-9555) for a replacement coupon.
The J.M. Smucker Company Announces a Limited Voluntary Recall on Two Specific Best-If-Used-By Dates of 16 oz. Smucker’sÂ® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky Due to Possible Health Risk [US FDA]