Peanut Butter Recall

Unilever United States, Inc. announced a limited recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread today, saying that it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

On a side note: if the “spread” part of this story caught your eye, like it did mine, here’s the deal . According to FDA guidelines, products with less than 95 percent peanuts can not be called “peanut butter” without the qualifying “spread.” According to, Skippy’s low-fat peanut butter “spread” lists corn syrup solids and sugar as its second and third ingredients. It may be lower in fat than regular peanut butter, but it’s still relatively high in carbs and sugar. For instance, while Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter has 16 g of total fat (including 3 g of saturated fat) and 7 g of total carbohydrates (including 3 g of sugar) per 2-tbsp serving, Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread has 12 g of total fat (including 2 g of saturated fat) and 15 g of total carbohydrates (including 4 g of sugar) per serving.

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But I digress (fake peanut butter does that to me). The product was distributed to retail outlets in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The affected product, which is packaged in 16.3 oz plastic jars, is as follows:

•        UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.)
•        Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA, and no other Skippy products are affected by the recall. To date, no illnesses related to this issue have been reported.

Also see: Salmonella Signs and Symptoms

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Bill and Katie D.
Katie D.2 years ago

Going to do a "make our own" in the food processor!
Even Skippy?? wow!
Thank You

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

I'm not surprised!

Kim Rivers
Kim Rivers3 years ago

passing info on to others...

Cheryl H.
Cheryl H.3 years ago

As Luda states, peanuts contain an aflatoxin. I had heard of this long ago, and also that peanut butters made of Valencia peanuts don't contain this because they are grown in a drier climate where the toxin can't grow in the soil. Those types can be found in health food sections. I wouldn't buy PB that comes in a plastic container, or contains sugars or (yuck!) corn syrup. I like PB, but have switched to almond butter that I make in the food processor. It seems that more kids are allergic to PB, and the whole growing and processing system is questionable..

Charli S.
Charlotte S.3 years ago

We create factories that are so big and buy foods from Who knows where......that we can't keep them from contaminating our food. Buy locally or make your own. Also have you seen the chemicals in the "brand" PB? Even their "natural" has tons of crap in it.

Marie Squire
Marie S.3 years ago

thank-you, for sharing this!

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies3 years ago


Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

Thanks for the article!

Anna A.
Anna A.3 years ago

oh crap my brother ate some yesterday

Ra Sc
Ra Sc3 years ago

Well, I'm glad they're aware and recalling the product. I don't eat peanut butter, so I won't be affected, but others might be.