Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter, Arrowhead Mills Organic Crunchy and MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut butter have been recalled within the past two years, as of 2015, due to a variety of reasons. Skippy Peanut Butter is produced by Hormel, while the Hain Celestial Group owns both the Arrowhead MIlls and the MaraNatha brands.
On Oct. 29, 2015, Hormel voluntarily recalled approximately 153 cases of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter from a single production code date. Metal shavings were detected by an in-line magnet check during a routine cleaning. Hormel shipped the potentially defective products to Target, Wal-Mart and Publix stores in Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina, in addition to Arkansas and Delaware.
The recall of Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha peanut butter, which occurred on Aug. 19, 2014 involved a much broader range of products. Forty products each with multiple dates of production were voluntarily recalled by nSpired Natural Foods, a subsidiary of the Hain Celestial Group. In addition to a number of peanut-based products, multiple almond butter products were recalled as well.
The products associated with the recall potentially contained salmonella, which was discovered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during routine testing. Four instances of illness were reported and linked to the products in question. The contamination was said to be found in the glass and plastic jars in which the peanut butter was sold.