Manufacturers pull peanut butter due to salmonella threat

Carlisle, PA  (WWBT) – GIANT Food Stores LLC and MARTIN'S Food Markets have announced a voluntary recall of Skippy brand peanut butter products due to possible salmonella contamination.

The following products with use by dates of May 1612LR1, May 1712LR1, May 1812LR1, May 1912LR1, May 2012LR1, or May 2112LR1 are affected by this recall:

Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter, 16.3 oz., UPC 4800100681

Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter, 16.3 oz., UPC 4800100678

To date, Skippy has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions or bring their purchase receipt to GIANT/MARTIN'S for a full refund. Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses.

Salmonella infections can be life threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Customers looking for additional information on the recall may call Skippy at 1-800-453- 3432 or the GIANT/MARTIN'S Customer Service line at 1-888-814-4268.

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