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Salmonella warning prompts Skippy peanut butter recall

Health officials are spreading the word about possible Salmonella contamination in some packages of Skippy brand peanut butter that has prompted a limited recall in several states, including Illinois.

Affected packages of Skippy reduced fat creamy and reduced fat super chunk spreads with use-by dates of May 16 through May 21 are being recalled, according to a release from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The recall, conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was issued after routine sampling by the company found that the finished products could contain Salmonella bacteria, the release said.

The bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps lasting between four and seven days, although most people recover without treatment, according to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No illnesses stemming from the peanut butter have been reported, but consumers are urged to discard the product immediately, the release said.

Affected 16.3-ounce jars of peanut butter have the UPC codes of 048001006812 or 048001006782 and were sold in Illinois and more than a dozen other states, the release said.

Skippy is offering replacement coupons to affected consumers and is operating a 24 hour phone line at 1-800-543-3432 to provide further information, the release said.

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