Smucker's peanut butter recalled over salmonella fear

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 12: In this photo illustration, A jar of Smucker's Natural peanut butter is pictured on October 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. This summer's hot, dry weather devastated the Runner peanut crop, the variety most commonly used in making peanut butter, causing prices of raw peanuts to soar. The resulting increase in peanut prices is expected to raise the price consumers pay for peanut butter by more that 25 percent on most major brands. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Getty Images

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(CBS/AP) Fans of chunky peanut butter, check your shelves. Thousands of 16-ounce jars of Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination.

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J.M. Smucker Co. says the jars it's recalling would have been purchased in the last week or so. They have "Best if Used By" dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012, and the production codes 1307004 and 1308004.

Three thousand jars are being recalled from stores, and another 16,000 have never left warehouses, Smucker says.

Salmonella bacteria are the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness. Infection results in fever, cramps, and diarrhea that lasts for several days and can require hospitalization.

Smucker says no illnesses have been reported.

The product was distributed in: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

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