J.M. Smucker has issued a voluntary recall for thousands of 16-ounce jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because they might possibly be contaminated with salmonella.

Smucker said 3,000 jars are being recalled from stores and another 16,000 had never left warehouses.

No illnesses have been reported, Smucker said, according to USA Today.

The product being recalled 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.

The Ohio-based company has said that the jars covered in the recall would have been bought in the last week or so, according to USA Today.

They have Best if Used By dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012. The production codes are 1307004 and 1308004.

Salmonella germs have been known to cause illness for more than 100 years. People infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Salmonella can be deadly for young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems, as it can even cause death.