You might want to hold off the on the PB&J sandwiches for a little while.
Seven states—including Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas—have been asked to recall reduced-fat Skippy Peanut Butter due to possible metal shavings in the product. According to Reuters, the recall of 153 cases, or 1,871 pounds, of peanut butter is currently limited to 16.3-ounce jars with a “Best If Used By” date of DEC1416LR1 and a package UPC code of 37600-10500. Effected products had been distributed to various Target, Publix, and Walmart shopping centers throughout the seven states.
The peanut butter jars are being recalled as a precaution to avoid consumer injuries, although no injuries have been reported thus far.
Hormel Foods, the company that owns and manufactures Skippy Peanut Butter, released a statement explaining the tainted products were a result of an equipment malfunction which has since been repaired. The New York Times reports that ingesting metal shavings longer than a quarter inch long could serve as choking hazards, cause perforation of the intestines, or cause infection.
If you are currently in possession of one of the tainted products, you can call Hormel Foods Customer Relations at 1-866-475-4779 or return the jar to the store where it was purchased. Or, you can make yourself a PB&J and hope for the best. Your call.
[via The New York Times]