Jif Peanut Butter Being Recalled For Potential Salmonella Contamination

Daniel Mitchell-Benoit
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A recall has been issued for Jif peanut butter due to a potential salmonella contamination, with the FDA and CDC now investigating. The outbreak appears to have originated in their manufacturing facility in Lexington, Kentucky.

A few cases of salmonella have already been reported, with all affected parties confirming that they did have Jif brand peanut butter beforehand. Make sure to check your jars and stay safe.

There is a recall for Jif peanut butter in place.

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Issued on Friday, multiple Jif peanut butter products have been recalled due a salmonella outbreak that's believed to be connected to their Lexington, Kentucky manufacturing facility.

Both the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, are investigating the matter.

The outbreak currently spans 12 states.

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Also, 14 people have reported illnesses, with two of those cases resulting in hospitalizations according to the CDC.

"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 reported.

What Jif peanut butter products are being recalled?

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J. M. Smucker Co., parent company of Jif peanut butter, says these particular jars were distributed in retail stores across the country and include the creamy, crunchy, and natural varieties among others.

How to check if your own jars are potentially contaminated?

The back label of a jar of Jif peanut butter.
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To check any of your own recently-purchased peanut butter, refer to the lot code number, seen here below the best before date. Numbers between 1274425 and 2140425 are among those affected, as the '425' code at the end means it was processed at the affected facility. You can also check on the FDA's website.

If you have an affected jar, your best bet is to throw it out.

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Especially considering the long shelf life of peanut butter, even if you haven't purchased any too recently, you should check your older jars just in case.

If you do have to throw out a jar in those lot numbers, the CDC recommends washing and sanitizing any surfaces or other containers that may have come in contact with the peanut butter just to be safe.

h/t: NPR