Peanut Butter Recall Could Ruin Lunch


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Natural Peanut Butter Chunky on the left
The Smucker's peanut butter recall has slapped me out of my complacent food safety nap. Usually when there's a product recall, I glance at the brand name and move on. Being the whole-foods, from-scratch, granola-type that I am, it's always some product I never use anyway. But when I heard "Smucker's Natural," I thought, WHAT? Smucker's who? That's the peanut butter WE buy! I put down my peanut butter toast and cried.

Smucker's is recalling its Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible salmonella contamination. The recall is for jars purchased in the last week with "Best Used By" dates August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012 and/or production codes 1307004 and 1308004. No illnesses have been reported. Check out this list of states where the peanut butter was distributed. And then, join me in mourning my favorite peanut butter.

Okay, so two thoughts here: 1) Phew, we always get the Smooth Natural Peanut Butter, not the Chunky, but 2) hey, what does this mean about the safety of Smucker's peanut butter in general? If something goes wrong with one of their lines, doesn't that cast the whole operation under a dark cloud? What's different about the chunky side of things that couldn't also happen to the smooth side of things?

Oh Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter. I loved you in spite of your annoying layer of peanut oil on the top of the jar, which I had to stir myself. Can I overlook this new flaw? Can I just shrug off the risk like this mom and go on loving you?

One thing makes me feel a little bit better -- at least this recall is relatively small so far. Compare this with the Great Peanut Butter Recall of 2009. Eight people died and over 1,000 products were affected! Compare that with 3,000 jars of just one Smucker's product recalled, plus 16,000 jars still at the warehouse that never went out -- that's 16,000 jars of peanut butter that will never make anyone sick. Looks to me like someone in this situation was proactive and decided to act quickly on a possible problem before it became a widespread disaster. Maybe there's hope for food safety, after all?

Are you worried about the Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter recall?


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count... country50gal

We just finished a jar of the chunky kind.  Great!

Simpl... Simply_Janeen

I may start buying our peanut butter from the co-op now. At least there, it's ground right in the machine at the store, it's not in jars. We do get Smuckers though for the last month or so, the store I go has been all out of the creamy peanut butter. I wonder if this is why. Scary.

Rebecca Audette

Why isn't this stuff tested before it leaves the plants so this never happens?

coast... coastalgal

banana-bear although I can not count to any particular organic product previously being recalled- however any food product is at risk of being contaminated in one form or another. Although I will admit that organics for the most part have many good points- many are not completely organic- or are so just to meet gov. guidelines to make them approved as organic. Just as the term "natural" has lost it's meaning in food processing if one reads labels. Skippy's version of natural PB is a joke- what do you all think is in it to hold that "oil" from floating to the top. I too buy Maranantha almond butter and Trader Joes natural ground PB.

ceciliam ceciliam

I just bought their natural creamy with honey. I never buy Smucker's! The type I bought isn't on the recall but it's still concerning.

Bmat Bmat

Noooooooo!  My state is one of those listed.

Saria... Sariah747

Nope we don't use anything like that, we use GV creamy or the planters chunky. I dislike smuckers, and after the products went down hill 10 years ago I stopped buying them. Aside from that I honestly don't think that my store even carries that!

slw123 slw123

We use Skippy Natural, thankfully.

GlowW... GlowWorm889

Nope; we're Jiff and/or Skippy people. :)

KamiB79 KamiB79

We use Peter pan.

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