The Food and Drug Administration and the makers of Skippy Peanut Butter have announced a limited recall of reduced fat creamy and reduced fat chunky peanut butter spread because of a possibility of salmonella contamination.
Unilever United States Inc. announced the consumer alert on Friday on the 'Skippy' website after "a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria."
"A joint statement from Unilever and the FDA said the recall of Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread was necessitated, because it may be contaminated with 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."
The reduced fat peanut butter products affected by the recent recall were packaged and sold in "16.3 oz plastic jars, according to Unilever and were distributed to retail outlets in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin."
The UPC codes, which can be found on the side of the jar's label below the bar code, are limited to UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782. The 'Best-If-Used-By Dates' stamped on the lid of the jar include: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1.
The Skippy Peanut Butter official website states that no other products are involved or included in this consumer alert.
The recall appears to be small compared to the massive FDA recall of peanut butter, baked goods, pet foods and other products that contained peanut butter which affected hundreds of individual products in 2009.
MSNBC reported "529 people had gotten sick in that salmonella outbreak with eight deaths links to products contaminated with the bacteria."
The FDA reported they have received "no reports at this time of issues" or illnesses attributed to the limited number of reduced fat Skippy products that are included in Friday's recall.
Unilever has announced that "Consumers who bought the recalled peanut butter should discard it immediately." A replacement coupon can be obtained by calling the company at (800) 453-3432. Phone lines will be open and a representative available between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time.