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We throw the word salmonella around like it's nothing. But it's an illness that if it gets you badly enough can cause real and lasting damage to your system especially in the weak, young, and elderly. Again peanut butter is getting heat for salmonella recalls. This time it's Skippy's Reduce Fat variety. Read on to learn what to look for in this round of recalls.If you've read my posts before you know I'm a big advocate for avoiding processed foods. They take energy to manufacture and transport as well as often producing excessive packaging. And with all the food safety scares that have become so much a part of our lives, why risk it when you can avoid it?
And so we're back to peanut butter. This isn't the first time peanut butter has been in trouble. In 2009 a massive peanut recall impacted a laundry list of peanut products, peanut butter of course being one of them. And most recently, "Unilever has announced a limited recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product is packaged in 16.3 oz plastic jars, with UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782," according to WLTX. Though so far this is small by comparison at around 3,000 jars, it's just another reason to take food prep into your own hands.
The symptoms of the disease are stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever and they usually happen between 8 and 72 hours after eating contaminated foods. But it can be extremely painful and intense. And the sickness can be life threatening for those with weak immune systems like kids, pregnant women, infants, unborn babies, and the elderly.Follow my Twitter feed. More on Salmonella Can Eating Local Food Save Your Life? Are Locally Sourced Eggs Better For Salmonella Prevention? Salmonella, What it Actually is and How You Can Avoid Getting Sick