Skippy Peanut Butter Recall Issued Over Metal Fragment Contamination

Nearly 2,000 pounds of Skippy peanut butter are being recalled, due to concerns that small pieces of metal may have entered the product during production, posing a serious injury or choking hazard for consumers, many of whom are expected to be children. 

The Skippy peanut butter recall was announced by the FDA on October 29, after a routine in-line magnet check discovered small metal fragments had entered the product at some point during the production process. To date, no injuries or reports have been received by the manufacturer or the FDA.

Manufacturing company Hormel Foods voluntarily announced the recall due to the severity of injuries that could occur if consumers eat peanut butter products with significant sized metal shavings. The FDA suggests that foodborne objects greater than 7mm in length may cause injury such as severe choking, airway obstruction, gastrointestinal perforation, or secondary infection.

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The recall includes 153 cases of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, amounting to 1,871 total pounds. The recall includes only the 16.3 ounce jars with “Best If Used By” date of DEC1416LR1 and packaging UPC code 37600-10500. The FDA stated that no other peanut butter products, sizes, or flavors are included in the recall.

The recalled peanut butter products were manufactured by Hormel Foods Sales LLC of Austin, Minnesota where it was distributed for sale to Publix, Target, and Walmart stores in Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, and Arkansas.

Customers are being asked to check their peanut butter products to verify whether it is included in the recall. Customers with recalled jars are being asked to stop consuming them immediately and either return the product to the store where it was purchased for an exchange or call Hormel Foods Customer Relations at 1-866-475-4779 for further information.


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