The Ohio-based J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling 16-ounce jars of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky distributed in many states, including Illinois, due to possible salmonella contamination, according to a report in Fox News.
The recalled jars have a "best if used by" date of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012, plus the production codes 1307004 and 1308004, according to the article.
In Winnetka, co-owner Chris Barber said he heard about the recall on the radio during his commute to work on Thursday.
"The first thing we do is remove the product from the shelf in an over-abundance of caution to our customers," said Barber, who removed both the chunky and the creamy version of the product.
He said that recalls occur "once every couple of months."
Most persons infected with salmonella bacteria develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people recover within a week, but some may require hospitalization; in rare cases, the infection can be fatal.
Smucker says no illnesses have been reported, according to Fox News.
The product was distributed in: 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, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.