In fact, it's such good news that Peter Pan (and Jif, and Skippy, etc.) would probably benefit from stating on their label the actual amount of trans fat per serving, instead of rounding the number to zero and having some fanatic make unflattering assumptions.
In 2001, the USDA sponsored a study1 that measured the amount of trans-fatty acids in 11 brands of peanut butter, including Jif, Peter Pan, Skippy, Smuckers, and freshly ground peanuts. Their findings:
"No trans-fatty acids were detected in any of the samples in an analytical system with a detection threshold of 0.01% of the sample weight."Trans fats are very likely present since hydrogenated fat is present. What this study tells us is that the amount of trans fat in their samples was very small ... not more than 0.01% or 0.0032 grams in a 32 gram serving. Assuming they haven't changed their recipe much since 2001, you could eat the whole 1 lb. jar (actually 510 grams) and still only take in at most 0.05 grams of trans fat. (The whole jar provides about 3040 calories and 272 grams total fat.)
- Non-detectable levels of trans-fatty acids in peanut butter
To make it up to them, I'll post a little Peter Pan trivia...
The brand Peter Pan emerged in 1928. It was one of the first companies to use a new process which churned peanuts into a smoother consistency than was widely available at the time, and which made the product "shelf-stable" or resistant to separation. The patent for that process was secured by Joseph L. Rosefield who, in 1932 had a falling out with Peter Pan and began selling his own product under the Skippy label the following year.2
Peter Pan peanut butter was originally packaged in a tin can with a turn key and re-closable lid. The packaging was changed to glass jars during World War II to save metal.3
2 From PeanutButterLovers.com.
3 From Wikipedia: Peter Pan Peanut Butter.
Photo compliments of the American Package Museum.