The J.M. Smucker Company this morning (11-17-11) announced the recall of two batches of 16-ounce jars of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky due to possible contamination by Salmonella bacteria, according to this U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory.
The recall does not include any of Smucker’s creamy peanut butter or any of its jams, jellies or other products.
It was not immediately known which — or whether any — southwest Ohio grocery stores or other food-service outlets sold the peanut butter subject to the recall, although Ohio was included among the 24 states where the product was distributed. J.M. Smucker is headquartered in Orrville, Ohio.
The recalled peanut butter involves only 16-ounce jars with the UPC code 5150001701 located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code, and production codes of 1307004 and 1308004. They show “Best-If-Used-By” dates of either Aug. 3, 2012 or Aug. 4, 2012, and they would have been purchased between Nov. 8 and Nov. 17, 2011, the company said.
There have been no illnesses reported relating to the consumption of the peanut butter being recalled. 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, according to JM Smucker and the FDA news release, which said the peanut butter is being recalled “out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety.”
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea which may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Smucker and the FDA said consumers who have purchased Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with the codes and “Best-If-Used-By” dates listed above should discard the product immediately and call the company at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon.Tweet