Skippy peanut butter recalled due to salmonella

By Heartland News & MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (KFVS/AP) - The company that makes Skippy peanut butter is recalling two of its spreads that may be contaminated with salmonella.

No illnesses have been linked to the recall of the Skippy reduced fat creamy and reduced fat chunky brands.

Unilever United States Inc. did not specify how many jars have been recalled. They are packaged in 16.3 oz. plastic jars with used-by dates of May 16-21, 2012.

Unilever detected possible salmonella through its own testing. The recalled jars 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 company said.

The affected product, which is packaged in 16.3 oz plastic jars, is as follows:

  • UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar's label below the bar code.)
  • Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 (Stamped on the lid of the jar.)

The company urges consumers who have purchased Skippy® Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread with the UPCs and Best-If-Used-By-Dates to discard the product immediately and call the company for a replacement coupon. Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-453-3432.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems.

More recall information can be found on the FDA's website.

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