Peanut Butter Recall: Skippy Peanut Butter

Two types of Skippy Peanut Butter Spread have been recalled after routine testing found salmonella in the batch.

The peanut butter recall is for Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread.  The recalled peanut butter spread has been shipped to sixteen states:  Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Identifying the Affected Skippy Peanut Butter Spreads

Only the Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread are being recalled.  They’re packaged in 16.3 ounce plastic jars.

Check for UPC codes 048001006812 and 048001006782 or “use by” dates of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1.  The UPC codes are on the side of the jar label by the bar code.  The “use by” dates are stamped on the lid of the jar.

The salmonella was found by the company during routine testing and no illnesses have been reported.  Customers can return the jars of recalled peanut butter to the store where they purchased them for a full refund.

I really appreciate that companies are testing their foods themselves, rather than waiting for a problem to show up.  It sure would be nice if they could test the foods before shipping them to our grocery store.

What’s In Skippy Peanut Butter Spread?

As long as I’m talking about peanut butter, I thought I’d touch on the ingredients found in some peanut butters.  Ages ago, on my first trip to a Whole Foods, I found a machine to make peanut butter.  I had no idea why someone would go to the trouble of turning that hand crank to crush up the peanuts when there were jars of already-crushed peanuts on the shelf.

I was quite surprised by the number of ingredients in some major brands of peanut butter.  You wouldn’t expect more than peanuts and salt, right?

Skippy calls their product a “spread”, rather than just peanut butter.  In ordinary conversation, though, I think we all call it just “peanut butter”.

Here’s the list of ingredients in Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, one of the products from the most recent peanut butter recall:

  • roasted peanuts (yay!)
  • corn syrup solids
  • sugar
  • soy protein
  • salt
  • hydrogenated vegetable oil (cottonseed, soybean and rapeseed)
  • mono and diglycerides
  • magnesium oxide
  • zinc oxide
  • ferric orthophosphate
  • copper sulfate
  • niacinamide
  • pyridoxine
  • hydrochloride
  • folic acid

Peanuts and salt are in there, among the sugars and trans fats.

Those last eight ingredients are vitamins and minerals added back in.  I guess in case you aren’t eating your peanut butter sandwich on white bread, which adds in those same vitamins and minerals.

The interesting thing (to me) is that there isn’t really a net nutritional improvement for having made it reduced fat.  A peanut butter made of just peanuts and salt has 210 calories and 16 grams fat compared to Skippy’s 180 calories and 12 grams fat, so that’s good.

But the sodium in peanut butter is just 50 mg and the sugar is 1 gram, compared to Skippy’s 170 mg sodium (more than three times the amount) and 4 g sugar.

Protein (7 g) and cholesterol (0 mg) are the same between the products.

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