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Skippy peanut butter recall for possible salmonella

Skippy peanut butter recall affects some reduced-fat jars of peanut butter. The company says no illnesses have been linked to contaminated Skippy peanut butter.

By Mary Helen MillerCorrespondent / March 7, 2011

Unilever United States, which produces Skippy peanut butter, announced that some jars sold recently may be contaminated. The Skippy peanut butter recall affects certain reduced-fat jars that may contain salmonella.

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Unilever has announced a recall involving two varieties of its Skippy peanut butter because some jars may be contaminated with salmonella.

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The affected products are Skippy reduced-fat creamy peanut butter spread and reduced-fat chunky peanut butter spread, both of which are sold in 16.3 ounce plastic jars.

Sixteen states are affected by the recall: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

If you live in one of those states and have one of the varieties of Skippy peanut butter, check either the the UPC code on the label or the date code stamped on the lid:

  • UPC codes 048001006812 or 048001006782 (found on the jar’s label below the bar code.)
  • Best-if-used-by dates MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1. or MAY2112LR1 (stamped on the lid of the jar)

Although salmonella has been linked to serious or even fatal illness for young children, the elderly, and those with a weak immune system, Unilever says that so far it is not aware of any illnesses related to the contaminated peanut butter. The company discovered the contamination during a routine sampling of the product.

Skippy advised consumers in a press release to throw away any jars of the recalled peanut butter and to call Skippy for a replacement coupon. The toll-free number to call is: 800-453-3432.

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