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Nearly 10,000 cases of Skippy peanut butter recalled after stainless steel fragments are detected

Nearly 10,000 cases of Skippy peanut butter recalled after stainless steel fragments are detected inside

  • Hormel Foods issued a voluntary recall Wednesday that applies to nearly 10,000 cases and 160,000 pounds of its Skippy peanut butter products
  • Company says the peanut butter may have been contaminated with stainless steel fragments during manufacturing
  • The company’s stock price was not effected by the recall over the past two days 

Almost 10,000 cases of the popular peanut butter brand Skippy have been recalled after stainless steel fragments were detected inside.

Hormel Foods, the company that owns the brand, issued a voluntary recall on Wednesday that will effect 9,353 cases of the peanut butter, or 161,692 pounds.

The move effects the company’s reduced fat ‘creamy’ and ‘chunky’ peanut butters, and its product with plant protein. Other products are believed to be safe.

Hormel said that the fragment came off of a piece of manufacturing equipment used in the production of the peanut butter. 

‘Skippy Foods, LLC, out of an abundance of caution and with an emphasis on the quality of its products, is issuing the recall to ensure that consumers are made aware of the issue,’ the company wrote in a statement. 

‘The manufacturing facility’s internal detection systems identified the concern.’

The Food and Drug Administration said in its recall notice that there have been no consumer complaints regarding the recall. 

All retailers have also been noted, the agency announced, and the potentially affected peanut butter jars should be pulled from shelves.

States where the affected products were shipped included California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

All of the items have a ‘best if used by date’ listed sometime in May 2023 with UPC codes of 37600-10520, 37600-10667, 37600-10499, or 37600-88095.

Hormel Foods’ stock has not suffered from the recall, and has even increased in the days since the recall of March 30

Those who are found to have purchased the affected goods are told to either take it back to the store it was purchased at for a refund, or to contact the company directly. 

Skippy peanut butter is the second highest selling brand in the U.S., only trailing JIF.

Hormel, which is based in Austin, Minnesota, just under 100 miles south of Minneapolis, reports that it produces around 90 million jars of the peanut butter every year.

The company’s stock price seems unaffected by the move, and has even made slight gains since the recall order was issued two days ago.

Peanut butter recalls for contamination across all brands are not entirely uncommon, and multiple salmonella scares have occurred in recent decades in peanut butter.