For the second time in as many years, a massive recall of a popular brand of peanut butter is underway due to fears of salmonella contamination.
The recall only affects two reduced-fat varieties of the nationally distributed product. Affected varieties, Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, are sold in a 16.3 oz plastic jar and bear the UPC codes 048001006812 and 048001006782. No illnesses have been reported to date associated with the recall of Skippy Peanut Butter.
Peanut butter involved in the recall was sold in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, and product has a “best-if-used-by-date” coded as MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1.
The possible contamination was revealed during routine quality testing at Unilever. Salmonella poses a far greater health threat to the very young, the elderly and immunocompromised individuals, and presents with fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and occasionally, a larger systemic infection.