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Skippy peanut butter recalled

The Health Department today urged Skippy peanut butter buyers to check their jars following a recall in the US.

The US Food and Drug Administration has warned American consumers that Salmonella has been found in some batches of the low-fat version of the popular peanut butter.

Batches affected will have the UPCs 048001006812 and 048001006782 located below the bar code on the jar label.

They will also have the following best-if-used-by dates stamped on the lid of the jar: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1.

Said a Health Department spokeswoman: “It is believed that some peanut butter from these batches may have been shipped and sold in Bermuda.

“Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea which may be bloody nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

“The recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria.”

No other Skippy products were affected by the recall, the spokeswoman added.

Consumers who have purchased affected peanut butter should return it to the place of purchase or discard it.

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Published March 10, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm)

Skippy peanut butter recalled

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