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Peanut butter recalled over salmonella concerns

Recently, the J.M. Smucker Co. announced that it was instituting a recall of more than 3,000 jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky product amidst concerns that the peanut butter was tainted with salmonella. If consumed, the salmonella bacteria found in unsafe foods causes fever, cramps, and diarrhea which can persist for several days and lead to hospitalization, lasting injury and death. Smucker claims that it has received no reports of illnesses as a result of the salmonella contamination.

According to a release from Smucker, the recall covers 16-ounce jars of Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with "Best if Used By" dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012, with production codes 1307004 and 1308004. The jars at issue were distributed to stores in New Jersey and 25 other states, and additional 16,000 jars remain in Smucker warehouses.

The Smucker recall is no doubt raising memories of the massive peanut butter recall in 2009 that occurred after five people had died and more than 400 had fallen ill from salmonella poisoning. Initially, the Peanut Corporation of America issued a recall of products manufactured in its plant over the previous six months. That recall was soon expanded to include products manufactured within the previous two years.

Following the recall, the Food and Drug Administration conducted an inspection which revealed that the company's products had tested positive for salmonella 12 times during the previous two years, but that they had shipped the contaminated products anyway. As a result, eight people were killed and more than 500 sickened by salmonella.

If you or a loved one has been sickened by a contaminated food product, please contact Breslin & Breslin for a free consultation.

Source: Washington Post, "Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky recalled because of possible salmonella," Nov. 17, 2011

Source: New York Times, "Peanut Butter Recall"

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