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Jif Recall: Peanut Butter Products Pulled Due to Salmonella Contamination

JM Smucker Company has voluntarily recalled their Jif brand peanut butter products due to a Salmonella outbreak. Cargill has also issued a recall of peanut butter products. On May 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Cargill was recalling select lots of their Milk and Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Crackers, Peanut Butter Meltaways, and Peanut Butter Eggs and Fudge.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has addressed the Jif recall, saying the Salmonella outbreak has already left at least 14 people sick and two hospitalized across a dozen states.

The FDA statement includes the warning: “Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”

The J.M. Smuckers Jif recall encompasses products that have lot code numbers from 1274425 to 2140425–if the first seven digits end with 425.

The FDA announcement indicates that that the Cargill products affected may include:

  • Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Meltaways
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Meltaways
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz® Crackers
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge
  • Peanut Butter Fudge

Several other peanut butter products linked to the Jif recall include:

Fresh Del Monte has recalled several products sold under the brand names Del Monte, 7-Eleven, Circle-K and Get Go.

Country Fresh has recalled products under brand names Snack Fresh, Snack Sensations, Giant, Wegmans and Market32. These were distributed in stores in 20 states throughout the East Coast and Southeast.

Taher Inc. has recalled its 6.3 ounce “Fresh Seasons Power Packs” that were distributed in stores and vending machines in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Garden Cut is recalling products distributed to Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin, including Sweet Apple Wedges with Peanut Butter 60oz/4ct, Tart Apple Wedges with Peanut Butter 60oz/4ct and Celery Bites with Peanut Butter 60oz/4ct, all served with Jif peanut butter cups.

Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc. has recalled two products under the Mary’s Harvest brand, including the Celery Peanut Butter Cup G&G and the Apple Peanut Butter Cup G&G. These were distributed to retailers and supermarkets in Oregon and Washington.

Coblentz Chocolate Company is recalling a list of several products sold between Nov. 12, 2021, and May 21, 2022, containing Jif peanut butter, including Peanut Butter Fudge, Peanut Butter Truffle, Graham Peanut Butter Sandwich and Buckeye Fudge.

Albertsons Companies has recalled products containing Jif peanut butter sold under the brand names Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky, Haggen, Carrs-Safeway, Eagle, Tom Thumb, United, Amigos, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Andronico’s Community Markets, Vons, Pak ‘N Save, Shaw’s, Star Market, Randalls, Vons, Jewel-Osco, ACME, King’s and Balducci’s.

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