Peanut butter has long been a staple of American cupboards. In fact, chances are you have some in your kitchen right now. If so, take a minute and check the label: it may be included in a nationwide recall of 49 Jif brand peanut butter products, prompted by concerns that it may be responsible for a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 14 people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reports. Here’s what you need to know.
Why is Jif Peanut Butter being recalled?
The JM Smucker Company, in cooperation with the FDA, has issued a voluntary recall of 49 Jif Peanut Butter Products for the sake of potential Salmonella contamination. As of May 1, 2022, 14 reported cases of illness, including two hospitalizations, in 12 states have been linked to certain Jif peanut butter products manufactured at JM Smucker Company facilities in Lexington, Kentucky.the FDA reports.
Which Jif peanut butter products are included in the recall?
Recalled Jif Peanut Butter Was Distributed Nationwide to Retail Stores and Other Outlets, FDA Says. The recalled products have UPC codes between 1274425 and 2140425, and all end in 425. The codes are on the Jif labels next to the expiry date. Speaking of which, Peanut Butter Jif has a shelf life of two yearsso even if you bought yours a while ago, it may be part of the recall.
The full list of the 49 recalled Jif peanut butter products can be found at jif and FDA websites.
What to do if you purchased the recalled peanut butters
According to the FDA, anyone in possession of the recalled Jif peanut butter products”must wash and disinfect surfaces and utensils that could have touched the peanut butter” and “dispose of it immediately.” A post on Jif’s website states that the company is “committed to refunding affected consumers” and asks anyone with questions or wishing to report adverse reactions to visit www.jif.com/contact us.
You can also call 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, but due to the high volume of calls they receive, the company says reaching out through their online form is faster.