They're concerned that small pieces of metal shavings, the result of an equipment malfunction, may have contaminated the peanut butter. The malfunction has been resolved, but not before the peanut butter was shipped.
According to the press release, "Recalled product was sent to distribution centers for Publix, Target and Walmart located in Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas." The recalled peanut butter comes in 16.3-ounce jars, "with a 'Best If Used By' date of DEC1416LR1 with a package UPC code of 37600-10500."
The metal shards, if longer than 7mm, could pose a severe choking, gastrointestinal perforation or secondary infection hazard. So far there have been no reports of injury.
If you have purchased the product, you can return it to the store where you got it for an exchange or refund, or you can call Hormel Foods Customer Relations at 1-866-475-4779.
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