JM Smucker Co Recalls Natural Peanut Butter Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Smucker's Peanut Butter Recall
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JM Smucker Company, based in Orrville, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 sixteen-ounce jars of Natural Peanut Butter Chunky distributed to stores in several states due to the possibility that they are contaminated with salmonella.

The peanut butter, which would have been purchased within the past week or so, have a “Best if Used By” date of August 3 2012 and August 4 2012. The recalled jars also have production codes of 1307004 and 1308004. They were 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, and Wisconsin, plus the District of Columbia.

There have not yet been any illness reported, and the majority of the peanut butter (16,000 jars) has not even left the warehouse, reports the company.

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Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The bacteria causes an estimated 1.4 million cases annually in the United States. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 8 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food.

For most, symptoms will disappear within 4 to 7 days without treatment, but in some the infection could be deadly. Those at risk include infants and young children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems due to HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and organ transplant.

For questions about the recalled product, the company website lists 1-888-550-9555 for customer service inquiries. The phone line is open between 9 am and 7 pm EST Monday through Friday. Questions can also be addressed to The JM Smucker Co, 1 Strawberry Lane, Orrville OH 44667-0280.

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