Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky has been recalled due to salmonella contamination. If you have a jar of the PB that is affected by the recall, you most likely bought it last week.
J.M. Smucker recalled 3,000 16 ounce jars of its Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible contamination with salmonella. The bacteria causes diarrhea, stomach cramps and a fever, and sometimes the infection even requires a hospital stay. This is a bacteria you want to avoid to help stay healthy during the holidays.
Regions affected by the recall are 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.
If you live in one of the regions that were affected, be sure to check the label on peanut butter you may have purchased in the last week or so. If you have this Smucker's Natural brand in your pantry, look for "Best if Used By" dates of either Aug. 3, 2012, or Aug. 4, 2012. If your jar is one of those affected by the possible salmonella contamination, do not use it. Throw it away. It would be a horrible way to ruin a Thanksgiving celebration by serving your guests contaminated peanut butter.
Thank goodness this peanut butter recall was caught early. So far no illness have been reported as a result of the possible contamination. Make sure to protect your and your family's health, and check any recently purchased jars of the peanuty treat.
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