November 17, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with J.M. Smucker Company, have announced the recall of thousands of 16-ounce jars of Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of salmonella contamination. According to the press release issued by the organizations, the bacterium was discovered after random product testing was conducted.
This product was distributed to Virginia as well as: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
Symptoms of salmonella include: Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping. In more serious cases, the infection can spread to the blood stream, resulting in arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis. Severe infections can lead to death.
Those who have purchased the product with Production Code of 1037004 and 1308004, and/or Best-If-Used-By dates of August 3, 2012 or August 4, 2012 are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon. The company may require proof of purchase. Customers with questions can contact the company to speak to a customer service representative at 1-888-550-9555 between Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
The Virginia Defective Product Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm understand the dangers that unsafe products pose to consumers and have experience fighting for the rights of foodborne illness and defective product victims. If you have been harmed because of an unsafe food product, contact us today!