The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to double-check jars of Jif peanut butter as Jif's parent company, J.M. Smucker Co., issued a voluntary recall due to potential salmonella contamination.
The jars of Jif's creamy, crunchy, natural and reduced-fat peanut butters have been linked to a salmonella outbreak across 12 states so far: Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington. The peanut butters are sold nationwide, but thus far, J.M. Smucker Co. has announced a voluntary recall for products with lot codes 1274425 through 2140425.
The company says that any jars matching those lot codes should be disposed of immediately.
In the 12 states with reported cases of salmonella, 14 have been ill and two people have been hospitalized. Salmonella poisoning has symptoms that include fever, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.
FDA data shows that the first person affected by the Salmonella outbreak became sick on February 20, 2022 but that the number of people who were sick is probably much higher than the 14 people who are currently reporting. According to the FDA, four out of five people who became sick reported eating several different types of Jif brand peanut butter before they felt symptoms.
For more information on specific jars and codes, you can see the FDA issue here, as well as find information to contact J.M. Smucker Co. directly.