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Nuts! Hazelnuts and Skippy peanut butter recalled

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March 07, 2011|By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
  • Hazelnuts grown in Oregon have caused E. coli cases in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Routine tests found possible salmonella contamination in some jars of Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter.
Hazelnuts grown in Oregon have caused E. coli cases in Michigan, Minnesota… (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times )

Batches of two yummy snacks -- Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter and hazelnuts sold by distributor DeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles -- were recalled late last week because they might cause food poisoning.

Routine sampling of the peanut butter revealed that some jars might be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses from the peanut butter had been reported as of Friday, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

But by Saturday, seven people had been sickened by eating hazelnuts contaminated with E. coli.

Both salmonella and E. Coli can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps in healthy people. Both can result in more serious, life-threatening illness in young children and the elderly.

Unilever, which makes Skippy Peanut Butter, urged people to discard 16.3-ounce plastic jars of Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread with the UPC numbers 048001006812 and 048001006782 and Best-If-Used-By-Dates of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1.  Those who bought the recalled peanut butter can call the company at (800) 453-3432 for a replacement coupon.

The Los Angeles Times reported additional details about the hazelnut recall here.

The Food and Drug Administration provides details about the Skippy recall here and about the hazelnut recall here.  

Related: Everything you could possibly want to know about salmonella, from The Times.

Related: Booster Shots follows the data on foodborne illness, detailing how many people suffer from it and how much it costs to treat.

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