Earlier this week, Unilever announced a recall on two of their brand name peanut butter products: Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread. Although it is unconfirmed, these two products may have been contaminated with Salmonella, a sometimes deadly organism that causes infections in young children and the elderly.
The procedure is being conducted by the FDA, as sixteen states are now affected by the Skippy recall: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The FDA press release reveals the affected products are 16.3 ounce jars with UPC labels 1006812 and 048001006782, which can be found below the bar code on the label. These two products also have the best-if-used-by dates of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1.
Unilever discovered the contamination while undergoing a routine sampling of its products. Salmonella poisoning can cause serious harm in young children, the sick and the elderly. It can weaken the immune system and sometimes cause death. Although Unilever announced that no confirmed illnesses have been reported, it is best to follow through with the recall.