Jif Peanut Butter Products Linked to Salmonella

Meanwhile, in Europe, chocolate Easter eggs have been linked to a salmonella outbreak.

May 23, 2022

Jif Peanut Butter Jars

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Several Jif peanut butter products that were sold in the U.S. have been recalled by J.M. Smucker Co. over potential Salmonella contamination, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) statement. The recalled peanut butter was distributed nationwide in retail stores and other outlets.

The products listed include several types of creamy, crunchy, reduced-fat and natural peanut butter products in various sizes, as well as a 40-ounce jar of natural honey. Here is a list of the recalled products.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA. If consumers have products matching the above description in their possession, they should dispose of it immediately.

There have been several salmonella cases connected to the peanut butter reported in a dozen states as of Sunday. Two people had been hospitalized, according to the New York Times. Evidence is suggesting that the outbreak was caused by peanut butter produced at a Lexington, Kentucky, location.

Meanwhile, European health officials are reporting 266 confirmed cases and 58 suspected cases of an outbreak of salmonella infection linked to chocolate Easter eggs in 14 European countries, Canada and the United States, reports the Associated Press.

In early April, food authorities in several European countries said that Italian company Ferrero has recalled specific batches of Kinder chocolate products due to suspicions of a connection between the products and an outbreak of salmonella.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control suspects that a Belgian factory is the source of the outbreak. The factory close in April and took its products off store shelves, which has reduced the risk of exposure, but new cases may occur due to the long shelf life and possible storage of products at home,” the agency said.

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