Smucker recalls chunky peanut butter; Lexington plant not involved

ORRVILLE, Ohio — J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling some 16-ounce jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky sold in several states because of possible salmonella contamination.

But the company's Lexington peanut butter factory, on Winchester Road, is not involved, said Maribeth Badertscher, Smucker's vice president of corporate communications.

"That product was not produced at our Jif manufacturing facility in Lexington," she said. "No Jif products are impacted by this recall. That particular Smucker's Natural chunky peanut butter that's part of the limited recall was produced in our manufacturing facility in New Bethlehem, Pa."

The Ohio-based company says the jars covered in the recall 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, plus the production codes 1307004 and 1308004.

Salmonella is bacteria that causes 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 Kentucky, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, 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.