Jif Just Launched a Nationwide Peanut Butter Recall Due to Salmonella Risk
If you keep Jif peanut butter on hand, you may want to check the lot code on your jar. The peanut butter manufacturer just announced a large recall of 49 products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled products include a range of sizes, from 12-ounce jars to 4-pound cans, and include natural, creamy, crunchy, natural honey, no sugar added and reduced fat varieties. The list also includes various types of packaging, including to-go packs, squeezable bottles and twin packs. You can find a full list of the products included in the recall in the announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you have a recalled product in your pantry, check the lot code, which is included right underneath the best-if-used-by date. Recalled products will have a lot code between 1274425 and 2140425, as long as the last three digits of the first seven numbers are 425. That number indicates that the product was manufactured in Lexington, Kentucky.
The FDA strongly recommends that you dispose of recalled products immediately. In mild cases, Salmonella can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For those with compromised immune systems, including children and older people, the effects could be more severe or even fatal.
If you have eaten some of the recalled peanut butter and experienced an adverse reaction, you can report that to Jif online or by calling 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. There are currently 14 reported illnesses and two hospitalizations across Washington, Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, South Caroline, North Carolina, Virginia, New York and Massachusetts. If you experience salmonellosis symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider.