Jif peanut butter recalled over possible salmonella contamination: NPR

Multiple varieties of Jif peanut butter are recalled after The JM Smucker Co. announced a voluntary recall on Friday.

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Multiple varieties of Jif peanut butter are recalled after The JM Smucker Co. announced a voluntary recall on Friday.

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Multiple Jif peanut butter products are being recalled due to a salmonella outbreak linked to a manufacturing facility in Lexington, Ky.

JM Smucker Co., the parent company of the popular peanut butter brand, issued a voluntary recall on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local partners are investigating the outbreak that has so far spanned 12 states.

Currently, 14 people have reported illnesses, and two of those cases have resulted in hospitalizations, according to data provided by the CDC.

“Five out of five people reported consuming peanut butter, and four out of five people specifically reported consuming different types of Jif brand peanut butter before getting sick,” the FDA said.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella itself is a bacteria, but the disease it causes is known as salmonellosis.

For many infected people, symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after contact and often include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, according to the FDA. Most people who are infected recover within four to seven days and do not require treatment.

However, more serious and severe cases can occur, so the FDA recommends contacting your health care provider if you believe you may be infected.

Several types of peanut butter are being recalled nationwide

The J.M. Smucker Co. said the peanut butter it is recalling was being distributed in stores and other outlets across the country. It contains creamy, crunchy and natural varieties along with many others.

The recalled products have lot code numbers between 1274425 – 2140425 and contain the numbers 425 for the 5th-7th digit. “425” in that position indicates that it was processed at the Lexington plant.

This information is usually on the back label of the jar. A list of recalled products and their numbers can be seen on the FDA’s website.

To see if your jar of Jif peanut butter is being recalled, check the lot number printed under the “Best if used by” date on the label. Products with lot codes 1274425 – 2140425, with the numbers 425 in the 5th-7th position, are being recalled.

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To see if your jar of Jif peanut butter is being recalled, check the lot number printed under the “Best if used by” date on the label. Products with lot codes 1274425 – 2140425, with the numbers 425 in the 5th-7th position, are being recalled.

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If you have a pot that is included in the recall, you must immediately dispose of it.

The FDA noted that the peanut butter has a two-year shelf life, so consumers should check any Jif peanut butter already in the house.

After disposing of the peanut butter, the CDC recommends washing and sanitizing any surfaces or containers that have come into contact with the peanut butter.

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