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Salmonella is a zoonotic bacterium, one that can be transferred from nonhuman to human species, which can cause severe infection to people. The disease gives those infected fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea which can last up to a week. It can often be found in contaminated food, such as eggs and nutmeg in the past, and now, in peanut butter, too.
Famous peanut butter Skippy manufacturer Unilever has issued a press release Friday that recalls its “Reduced Fat Creamy” and “Reduced Fat Super Chunk” brands because of a suspected Salmonella contamination. The recall was released to 16 states, mostly in the east and south regions, including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
According to the press release, the contaminated products are sold in 16.3-ounce jars and have best-before dates of May 16-21, 2012 written on the lid.
Unilever did not specify the cause of contamination, the degree of severity nor any clean-up processes being or planned to be conducted in its manufacturing equipment. The press release only stated that the contamination was declared after the inspectors’ “routine sampling.”
Although there are no recorded cases of diseases yet, this should serve as a big caveat to all consumers. We must always be aware of the condition of products in the market, of what we intend to buy, even those names we have learned to trust.
At least, Unilever guaranteed people replacement coupons. Buyers who have the said product specifications above must immediately throw away their jar and contact the company at 1-800-453-3432 for a new, uncontaminated jar.
Further, people who seems to have the symptoms of Salmonella infection, or even those who have just consumed the recalled products must also contact the company. They are advised to talk to a doctor immediately.