On Oct 30, 2015, Hormel Foods recalled 153 cases of its Skippy(R) peanut butter. Instantly, people were going into their pantries, grabbing their Skippy(R) and running to the store for a refund. Boy, were they surprised when they found there would be no refund; their peanut butter was not included in the recall.
Consumer panic is natural when a product is recalled; no one wants to feed their family something that could harm them. Just look what happened during the 1982 Tylenol(R) poisoning scare; it only impacted a few bottles that were contaminated by someone looking to poison her family, but it led to new over-the-counter drug packaging that protects us all. At the same time, Johnson & Johnson (the makers of Tylenol(R) recalled 31 million bottles of the capsules from the market, costing the company dearly. It was the first nationwide recall, setting the standard for companies to follow in the decades to come.
What is the truth about the Skippy(R) recall? The recall is for:
- Skippy(R) Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter in 16.3-ounce jars with a best-by date of Dec 14, 2016
- Barcode 37600-10500
- 153 cases of the product
- Contains metal shavings from one of the processing machines
- Sold in Publix, Target and Walmart stores
- Sold in Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas
The recall is limited and was done as a precaution; there is a good chance the problem was caught before the products even got to stores. The problem is, though, that many will try to take their peanut butter back to stores outside the recall area, or jars that are not from these cases. Worse still, they’re throwing away their peanut butter and never buying this brand again.
What’s the best way to avoid panic when your favorite products are recalled? First, read the recall information carefully; all the details are in the notification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Next, check your pantry, but read your labels to see if you have the recalled product. Remember: Companies issuing recalls are doing so to protect you, the consumer; only in rare cases are the recalls due to corporate negligence or issues covered up by suppliers.
If you find you have the recalled peanut butter, return it to the store where it was purchased or call Hormel Customer Relations at 1-866-475-4779.
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