The J.M. Smucker Company announced a voluntary and limited recall of their chunky natural peanut butter product because it could be contaminated with salmonella.
Salmonella is a bacteria that is unpleasant at best in perfectly healthy people. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems, salmonella can be very serious or even deadly.
If you have Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky in your pantry, check to see if it's part of the limited recall. You would have purchased the recalled peanut butter between Nov. 8 and Nov. 17, 2011, and the jars include the following:
The recalled peanut butter was distributed in 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, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
The good news is that there are no reported illnesses from consuming the recalled peanut butter. Smucker's conducted routine testing of its own products and discovered that the Natural Chunky variety could contain salmonella. Also, if you have any other Smucker's products in your cupboard, the company reports they are safe to eat.
To learn more about the peanut butter recall, you can visit the Smucker's website.
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