The manufacturer of Skippy peanut butter has
recalled its reduced fat product because it may be contaminated with
and the US Food and Drug Administration this week launched the voluntary recall
of jars of Skippy Reduced
Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter
certain use-by dates.
The affected product, which is packaged in
16.3 oz plastic jars, has the unique product codes 048001006812 and 048001006782
located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code, and carries the
following use-by dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1,
MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 stamped on the lid.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes
fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with
weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella can experience
fever, diarrohea, 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 (for
example, infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
According to a Unilever statement, the recall
was initiated as the result of a routine sampling programme by the company,
which revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria. It said no
illnesses had been reported in connection with the product.
Foster’s Food Fair has removed the product
from its shelves and says customers who had purchased the peanut butter spread
from its stores could return it for a full refund.
Consumers can contact the company on a 24-hour
number at 1-800-453-3432 for information on the recall.