ORRVILLE, OHIO – The J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling 49 varieties of Jif peanut butter due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall is nationwide, according to the company.
Products subject to the recall were processed at Smucker’s Lexington, Ky., facility. The recalled varieties have lot code numbers 1274425 through 2140425.
The recall follows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration investigation into a multi-state outbreak of foodborne illness. An epidemiological review by the CDC found that five out of five people reported consuming peanut butter and four of the five people specifically reported consuming different varieties of Jif brand peanut butter prior to becoming ill.
The FDA conducted a whole genome sequencing analysis on an environmental sample collected at the Lexington facility in 2010. The analysis showed the 2010 environmental sample matched the strain causing illnesses in the current outbreak.
Fourteen illnesses have been reported associated to the outbreak and two people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. The illnesses have been reported in 12 states.
A day after J.M. Smucker announced the recall, the Albertsons Companies, Boise, Idaho, said it was recalling 11 store-prepared items formulated with Jif peanut butter. Examples of the prepared products include peanut butter cream pie, apples sliced with peanut butter, and a celery and peanut butter cup. The store-prepared products are sold under such Albertsons banners as 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.
Though J.M. Smucker’s Jif peanut butter is primarily a human-consumed product, peanut butter is commonly used by pet parents and served to pets as a treat, or to help them consume medication. In fact, consumers believe that Jif is a safer brand of peanut butter for dogs as it’s xylitol-free.
According to the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), “Salmonella is a health risk for both people and pets.”
Attn Pet Owners: If you use peanut butter as a treat for your pet or other animals, check out FDA’s alert about the recall of certain Jif peanut butter products due to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella. Salmonella is a health risk for both people + pets https://t.co/75eQgHba9Y pic.twitter.com/UpJSjc2TIY— FDA CVM (@FDAanimalhealth) May 24, 2022
Symptoms of Salmonella infection in dogs and cats includes vomiting, diarrhea, fever, a decrease in appetite and decrease in activity. Salmonella can also travel from pets to humans through the fecal oral route, according to the CDC.
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