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No, the Skippy Peanut Butter 2022 recall isn’t an April Fool’s Joke

Shania Wilson April 1, 2022
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It might be April Fool’s Day but Skippy Peanut Butter’s 2022 product recall isn’t a prank.

As reported by CNN, Skippy is looking to recall the equivalent of 161,692lb (73,342kg) of peanut butter. That’s a lot.

That jaw-dropping number had some shoppers thinking manufacturer Skippy Foods was pulling an April Fool’s joke given the announcement was made right before 1 April. The recall, however, is real.

Here are further details of what products are affected and why.

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Skippy Peanut Butter recall isn’t an April Fool’s joke

You read that right, Skippy Foods really is looking to voluntarily recall more than 9,000 cases of reduced-fat peanut butter. As reported by CNN, that’s the equivalent of 161,692lb of the pantry staple.

The recall comes because of the possibility some products may contain steel fragments from a piece of manufacturing equipment, Skippy parent company Hormel Foods shared in a statement.

The company announced: “Skippy Foods, out of an abundance of caution and with an emphasis on the quality of its products, is issuing the recall to ensure consumers are made aware of the issue. The manufacturing facility’s internal detection systems identified the concern.”

Despite the unfortunate timing, the recall is NOT an April Fool’s prank.

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What is being recalled?

If you have a jar of Skippy Peanut Butter in your kitchen, it’s worth checking whether it’s part of the recall.

CNN reports the following products are being recalled:

– SKIPPY Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter, 40oz with “best if used by” dates of MAY0423 and MAY0523

– SKIPPY Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter – Club, 2/40oz with “best if used by” date of MAY0523

– SKIPPY Reduced Fat Chunky Peanut Butter, 16.3oz with “best if used by” dates of MAY0623 and MAY0723

– SKIPPY Creamy Peanut Butter Blended With Plant Protein, 14oz with a “best if used by” date of MAY1023

As reported by NBC, the recalled products were manufactured in Little Rock, Arkansas, and shipped to a number of states including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

“No reports of consumer concerns and no other Skippy Foods products are involved with the voluntary recall,” Skippy Foods’ parent company stated.

What to do if you have an affected product

If you’ve rooted through your cupboards and come across an affected Skippy product, you can do one of two things.

You can return the product to the retailer where you bought it or contact the peanut butter company directly.

For more information, read Hormel Foods’ statement here.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.