During a press conference last Tuesday, Hormel Food Sales, declared that they will be recalling a large quantity of Skippy Peanut Butter. Sources from inside the company declared to the press that metal shavings have been found in peanut butter.
Officials from Hormel, in an attempt to protect consumers from severe internal injuries decided to recall 2000 pounds of Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter. According to the internal estimations, circa 153 faulty jars are suspected of containing metal shavings, several millimeters in diameter.
Also, in the same press conference, Hormel said that they had success in identifying the cause of said jar contamination. During a scheduled maintenance, which also involved the routine check and cleaning of an inline magnet, the machine malfunctioned and several fragments from the magnet were dropped in the jars. Hormel stated that the machine itself has been identified and the flaw repaired.
Fortunately, there have been no complaints coming from the customers and no one was injured. Still, Hormel goes ahead with its initiative of identifying and collecting all of the contaminated peanut butter jars.
Spokespersons from the company even went ahead to issue a general warning to the public. It seems that by ingesting metal fragments, that are wider than 7 millimeters, you can be in danger of choking. The fragment obstructs the airway, preventing the air from reaching the lungs. Moreover, if the fragment manages to get past the windpipe, it can cause severe gastrointestinal issues, such as gastrointestinal perforation and even a subsequent infection. The metal shavings found of peanut butter can ultimately lead to death.
Hormel said that they will recall 16.3 ounce jars of Peanut butter and urge people to thoroughly check the label. Just look for DC1416LR1 tag found under the sections “Best if used by”. Another thing you should keep in mind when checking the label is the UPC code 37600-10500, which can be found on top of the lid.
Several distribution centers were set up to receive contaminated peanut butter jars. You can find them in Publix, Target and Walmart, situated in Georgia, Carolina, Alabama, and North Carolina.
So far, there haven’t been any incidents related to ingesting metal fillings, but the company still cautions people to double-check the labeling before consuming the product. The company’s officials stated that if a customer requests further information about the incidents or about the food products, they can call the Hormel Food Sales phone line, number 1-866-475-4779.
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