Metal shavings found during a routine inspection have prompted a Skippy Peanut Butter recall, it has recently been revealed.
The products had been commercialized by Hormel Foods Sales LLC, an American food company based in Austin, Minnesota, and known especially for its pork items.
Manufacturers had distributed the peanut butter jars to Wal-Mart, Target and Publix stores, across 7 states: Arkansas, Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
The voluntary recall, which was announced on October 29, concerns a relatively low number of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread jars, with a single code date.
More precisely, a total of 153 cases, amounting to a total of 1,871 pounds of peanut butter, have to be removed off supermarket shelves now, because they might contain small metal shards.
The fragments were identified while conducting routine cleaning, on an in-line magnet check, representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have revealed.
It appears that a piece of equipment has malfunctioned, and pieces of metal have accidentally entered the production process.
“Only a very small amount of product was affected. Unfortunately, a pallet of product that was to be destroyed was inadvertently released”, declared Rick Williamson, a spokesperson for Hormel Foods.
The perilous items are 16.3 ounce jars, whose “Best is Used By” date is inscribed as DEC1416LR1. Customers and retailers can also recognize these possibly contaminated products by the package UPC code of 37600-10500, which is printed on top of the lid.
On the other hand, other varieties and sizes of Skippy Peanut butter or peanut spread are safe to consume, the FDA has declared.
Upon identifying a jar as part of this current recall, users are urged not to consume the food product, since it could be extremely hazardous to health.
More precisely, ingesting metal shards and other objects that are larger than 7 mm in length (1/4 inches) could cause airway obstruction and deadly choking, gastrointestinal perforation or secondary infections.
According to company officials, so far no reports have been received regarding injuries or illnesses caused by consuming the products included in the recall.
However, Hormel Foods still wants to ensure that customers are safe from harm, and in alert regarding this potential health hazard. Therefore, if anyone experiences any of the above-mentioned symptoms they should immediately contact a health care provider, in order to receive urgent professional treatment.
Also, those who have bought this type of peanut butter should either discard it immediately, or return it to the retail store where they bought it from, for a full refund or exchange.
Those seeking further information regarding this product recall are advised to call Hormel Foods Customer Relations at 1-866-475-4779, from Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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