Jif Recalls Some of Its Peanut Butter Over Salmonella Concerns
Go check your peanut butter cache, because Jif is recalling some of its products over salmonella concerns.
The J.M. Smucker Co., which owns Jif, has voluntarily recalled multiple peanut butter products, sold under the Jif brand, that were distributed in the U.S. and Canada in retail stores and other outlets. The incident was isolated to Smucker Co.'s Lexington, Kentucky, manufacturing facility and does not impact any other peanut-butter-producing facilities, per the FDA.
The Jif-related outbreak has been linked to causing illness in 14 people in a dozen states so far. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and anyone with a weakened immune system. Even otherwise healthy people who are infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In short, it's not worth risking. If your shelves are stocked with Jif, check your peanut butter products for the lot codes, which are located alongside best-if-used-by date. If the lot codes on your peanut butter include or are between 1274425 — 2140425, chuck 'em in the trash and do not eat.
Don't worry, if you've been snacking away on Smucker's Uncrustables, Santa Cruz Organic, or any other J.M. Smucker Co. Brand, those brands have not been affected and are totally safe for eating.