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Potential salmonella contamination forces food giant to issue recall for peanut butter

The recalled Jif peanut butter covers a wide range of sizes and varieties including creamy, crunchy, natural honey and several others.

WASHINGTON — Do you have a jar of Jif peanut butter in your pantry? Double check the label; it might be involved in a new recall. 

On Saturday, J.M. Smucker issued a voluntary recall for dozens of products covering a wide range of sizes with lot code numbers between 1274425 – 2140425. The recalled peanut butter varieties include creamy, crunchy, natural honey, reduced fat creamy and many others. A full list of the recalled items can be found on Jif's website. 

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recalled peanut butter was distributed nationwide in retail stores and other outlets. 

The recall follows a multistate salmonella outbreak, which the FDA said is linked to some Jif peanut butter products from the J.M. Smucker facility in Lexington, Kentucky. A total of 14 people in 12 states reported illnesses, and two of them were hospitalized. 

The FDA said illnesses connected to the outbreak were reported in Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington. The latest illness was reported on May 1.

"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," the FDA said. It and the CDC are still investigating. 

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What is salmonella?

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The CDC estimates that the bacteria causes about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the U.S. every year.

Which products were recalled?

Recalled products include the products below with lot codes 1274425 – 2140425, all with the first seven digits ending with 425. Lot codes are next to the "best if used by" date on the product's packaging. 

The products have a two-year shelf life, so the FDA said you should check any Jif peanut butter in your home.

Credit: CDC
According to the FDA, the recall includes certain Jif brand peanut butter products with lot code numbers between 1274425 and 2140425, only if the first seven digits end with 425.

The following varieties are included in the recall. Double check with this table from the FDA to see if your purchased peanut butter has been recalled. 

  • 16 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER
  • 16 OUNCE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 96 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TWIN PACK 
  • 96 OUNCE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER TWIN PACK 
  • 40 OUNCE NATURAL CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 12 OUNCE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER INTERNATIONAL 
  • 3/4 OUNCE PEANUT BUTTER PLASTIC CASE 
  • .64 OUNCE NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER PLASTIC CASE 
  • 96 COUNT NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER TO GO CASE 
  • 36 COUNT CREAMY PEANUT TO GO CASE 
  • 8 COUNT CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER TO GO 
  • 8 COUNT CREAMY PBTR TO GO 
  • 4.5 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TO GO 
  • 54 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TO GO 36 PACK 
  • 28 OUNCE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 96 COUNT CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TO GO 
  • 54 OUNCE NATURAL CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TO GO 36 PACK 
  • 28 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 40 OUNCE NATURAL HONEY 
  • 12 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 12 OUNCE NATURAL CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TO GO 
  • 40 OUNCE NATURAL CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 28 OUNCE NATURAL CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 4 POUND CAN CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 96 OUNCE NATURAL CREAMY TWINPACK 
  • 15.5 OUNCE NO ADDED SUGAR PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 13 OUNCE SQUEEZABLE POUCH 
  • 13 OUNCE SQUEEZABLE POUCH 
  • 13 OUNCE NATURAL SQUEEZE POUCH 
  • 13 OUNCE NATURAL SQUEEZE POUCH 
  • 80 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TWIN PACK 
  • 80 OUNCE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER TWIN PACK 
  • 40 OUNCE REDUCED FAT CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 16 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 16 OZ REDUCED FAT CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 16 OUNCE CREAMY OMEGA 3 PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 16 OUNCE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 80 OUNCE NATURAL CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TWIN PACK 
  • 16 OUNCE NATURAL CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 16 OUNCE NATURAL CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 16 OUNCE NATURAL CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER HONEY 
  • 40 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 40 OUNCE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER 
  • TO GO 8 PACK 250 GRAM CREAMY 
  • 46.5 OUNCE NO ADDED SUGAR PEANUT BUTTER 
  • 1.1 OUNCE PORTION CONTROL PEANUT BUTTER 120 COUNT 
  • 96 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER TWIN PACK 
  • 28 OUNCE CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER

According to J.M. Smucker and the FDA, customers who identify one of these products should not consume the product and instead dispose of it immediately. The FDA also said customers should wash and sanitize any utensils or surfaces that might have touched the recalled peanut butter.

Consumers who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should visit Jif's website or call 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM ET.

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