This week, the J.M. Smucker Company announced that it was voluntarily recalling 16-ounce jars of its “Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky” due to possible salmonella contamination.
The recall affects jars sold between November 8-17 in our home state of Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia and the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Affected products contain the following information:
UPC: 5150001701 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code)
Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004
Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012
According to a company press release, “No illnesses related to this issue have been reported and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety.” They added that “the recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria.”
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, often starting within one to three days after eating contaminated products. Although most patients recover quickly, the elderly, small children, and those with compromised immune systems may require extensive treatment.
Smucker’s recommends that if you have a peanut butter included in this recall, that you discard the jar immediately and call 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon.