Smucker’s Recalls Peanut Butter For Possible Salmonella

Peanut butter and jelly giant J.M. Smucker Co. just announced a recall of thousands of jars of peanut butter over concerns the peanut butter is potentially contaminated with the dangerous foodborne pathogen, Salmonella.

Smuckers 16-ounce jars of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky, which were sold in a variety of states, are involved in the recall, said The Associated Press (AP).

The potentially contaminated peanut butter involved was most likely bought n the past week or so, said the AP. The recalled jars bear “Best if Used By” dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012, as well as the production codes 1307004 and 1308004.

About 19,000 jars of Smucker’s peanut butter are involved in the recall. Smuckers said that 3,000 jars are being recalled from stores and another 16,000 never left warehouses, according to USA Today.

Smucker also announced that no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled peanut butter; however, it is important to understand that Salmonella can take some time to manifest with symptoms.

The recalled J.M. Smucker Co. Natural Peanut Butter Chunky was distributed in 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, said the AP.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis—Salmonella infection—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever with symptoms manifesting, usually, within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required.

Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce other more, severe or chronic illnesses. Salmonella can be dangerous, sometimes deadly, leaving sufferers with serious life-long health issues. Salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

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