Another day, another popular food product recalled for health concerns—and the latest company under scrutiny is the family-friendly makers of Jif peanut butter. According to recent reports from the FDA and the CDC, Jif peanut butter has officially been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination, as multiple illnesses have been reported.
@USAToday reports, both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control are currently investigating of salmonella contamination from Jif peanut butter. As a result, the following products have been recalled: Jif creamy peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter and natural peanut butter (in jars and to-go containers) should not be consumed until further notice.
Currently, 14 people in 12 states have reported illnesses traced back directly to Jif peanut butter, resulting in two hospitalizations. Of the 14 people reportedly ill, five reached out directly to the CDC and revealed that they had eaten peanut butter, with four of them specifically stating that Jif was the brand they consumed. In a statement, the FDA said, “Epidemiologic evidence indicates that Jif brand peanut butter produced in the J.M. Smucker Company facility located in Lexington, KY, is the likely cause of illnesses in this outbreak.”
Despite the peanut butter products having a two-year shelf life, health officials are warning customers to check any of the peanut butter they have containing lot numbers 1274425 through 2140425, as those products are at high-risk for contamination.
Not only are customers being advised to not eat the peanut butter, but restaurants and stores have also been warned not to serve or sell the Jif products on the recall list.