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If you've got Skippy peanut butter in your pantry, you're probably wondering whether to toss it after the brand's parent company announced a voluntary recall. Here's what you should know.
Unilever is voluntarily recalling some jars of Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread because of concerns it may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious -- sometimes fatal -- infections (particularly in young children, seniors, and anyone with a weakened immune system). Those are the only two brands so far included in the recall.
If you have one of those brands, look on the side of the jar's label below the bar code to check the UPC. If the jar contains one of these UPCs -- 048001006812 or 048001006782 -- or these best-if-used-by dates (on the lid) -- MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 -- throw out the jar. You can call the company for a replacement coupon at 1-800-453-3432.
Eaten something with peanut butter lately and unsure if you might have been infected? The company says the affected jars were delivered to stores in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. No cases of illness have been reported so far. But if you experience fever, diarrhea (that may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, call a doctor. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in more severe illnesses.
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