Illinois Food Recall

Skippy® Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread By Unilever Recalled

Unilever recently announced that the company   recalled select packages of Skippy® Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread because the company noticed that the identified packages may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that has been linked to flu like symptoms. In rare cases, Salmonella may lead to a fatal infection. Seniors, children and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.

Less severe symptoms associated with Salmonella are fever, diarrhea, bloody stool, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. More severe symptoms include: infections in the arteries, infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis.

The product was also distributed throughout Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

It is the 16.3 oz plastic jars with select UPC codes (located under the bar code) that have been pulled from the market, including:

* UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782

* Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 (located on the jar lid)

Neither Unilever nor the FDA received any reports of illness or death, but a routine investigation at the Unilever plant demonstrated that the above mentioned products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Consumers affected by the recall can contact Unilever and should report any illness to the FDA. All consumers with affected products should discard the product immediately and may request a replacement from the manufacturer.

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