Concord, NH – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced that Skippy™ Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy™ Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread because it may be contaminated by Salmonella, a bacterium that can cause serious illness. The parent company, Unilever, has announced that these products were distributed in several states including New Hampshire.
Although no illnesses have been reported so far, Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, and others with weakened immune system. Healthy persons affected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Usually symptoms resolve in 5-7 days. In rare circumstances infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and causing severe infection and arthritis.
“Salmonella can be a serious illness, especially for compromised individuals,” said Public Health Director José Montero, “so we are encouraging any New Hampshire residents who may have purchased this peanut butter to check and see if they have one of the affected jars and dispose of it. If someone has eaten from an affected jar they should be watched for symptoms. Not everyone becomes ill when exposed to Salmonella, however. If you or someone you know becomes ill, seek medical attention.”
Consumers who have purchased the affected products, which are 16.3 oz plastic jars with UPCs of 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code) and Best-If-Used-By Dates of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 (stamped on the lid of the jar), should discard any unused portions and contact the company for a replacement coupon by calling 1-800-453-3432.
For more information on this recall and other recalls, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.