The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that The J.M. Smucker Co., Jif’s parent company, is voluntarily recalling at least 40 different Jif peanut butter products due to potential Salmonella contamination. The products have been linked to 14 illnesses across the U.S., and as of Sunday, had been reported in at least 12 states.
The recall includes several different varieties and sizes of Jif peanut butter and one type of honey. The FDA recommends if you have any of these products (see the lot numbers affected below), you should dispose of it immediately.
Salmonella infection can be especially serious and sometimes fatal for young children, elderly people or those with weakened immune systems, who are at higher risk for severe illness.
Products impacted by the Jif peanut butter recall
Do not eat or serve any food made with the following Jif brand peanut butter products that have the following lot codes:
- Lot code numbers 1274425 through 2140425, only if the first seven digits end with 425. Lot code numbers appear on the product label near the “Best if used by” date.
- Specific products impacted are listed here with their UPC codes.
Because the product has a two-year shelf life, consumers should check any Jif peanut butter in their home, notes the FDA.
“This incident was isolated to our Lexington, KY, manufacturing facility and does not impact our other peanut-butter-producing facilities. In addition, there is no impact to Smucker’s Uncrustables, Santa Cruz Organic or any other J.M. Smucker Co. Brand,” says a company representative to TODAY.
Check the FDA recall notice for the most up-to-date list of recalled products.
Symptoms of salmonellosis
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can grow in food. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include:
- Diarrhea (which may be bloody)
- Abdominal pain
Symptoms tend to develop 12 to 72 hours after infection. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause severe conditions such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis, notes the FDA. If you or someone in your home has symptoms of salmonellosis, reach out to get medical support right away.
What to do if you may be affected by the Jif peanut butter recall
If you have one of the recalled products in your home, discard it immediately. The FDA also recommends that you should wash and sanitize any surfaces and utensils that could have touched the peanut butter.
If you or someone in your household ate this peanut butter and have symptoms of salmonellosis, reach out to your healthcare provider.