Some Skippy Peanut Butter Is Being Recalled & Here's How You Can Tell Whether You Need To Toss Your PB

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 03: Jars of Skippy peanut butter are displayed on a shelf at Cal Mart grocery store on January 3, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Hormel, the maker of Spam, announced that it will purchase the Skippy peanut butter brand from Unilever for $700 million in cash. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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On Thursday, Hormel Foods announced that it was voluntarily recalling a batch of reduced-fat Skippy peanut butter after realizing that a shipment of the peanut butter that was contaminated with small shreds of metal had been accidentally sent out for distribution. Given the potentially negative outcome of consuming the recalled peanut butter, it's important to check to see if any Skippy product you've purchased recently falls under the recall. If you've purchased Skippy recently, there are a few things you need to check in order to find out if you purchased Skippy peanut butter that's been recalled.

A statement provided by Hormel that was posted to the FDA website stated that the recall affects 153 cases of peanut butter, amounting to 1,871 pounds of contaminated product. The press release further stated that the danger of the contaminated PB is potentially severe, noting that "Foodborne objects that are greater than 7mm in length may cause injury such as severe choking with airway obstruction, gastrointestinal peroration or secondary infection."

Currently, Hormel is not aware of any injuries or health problems that have resulted from consumption of the contaminated Skippy. The brand noted in their press release that the contamination was caught in enough time to minimize the number of consumers potentially affected by the recall. 

The State Where The PB Was Purchased

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Hormell has determined that the contaminated peanut butter was only sent to seven states: Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas. If you purchased your Skippy outside of one of these states, you should be in the clear.

The Retailer Where The PB Was Purchased

Only three retailers are said to have received the contaminated product: Publix, Target, and Walmart.

Type Of Skippy

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The only type of Skippy that is being recalled is the Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread. All other types of the brand's product is safe to consume.

The "Best Used By" Date

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The peanut butter subject to the recall will have the following "best used by" date: DEC1416LR1.

The UPC Code

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Hormel stated that the contaminated jars of peanut butter can be identified by their UPC code, which can be found on the lid. The code to check for is: 37600-10500

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