Jif peanut butter has been recalled for potential salmonella contamination linked to a Lexington, Ky. manufacturing facility.
On Friday, The J.M Smucker Co., the parent company for popular peanut butter brand, issued a voluntary recall to Jif’s peanut butter products.
According to the CDC, The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing the investigation on the outbreak as 14 people have reported illnesses and two of those cases have resulted in hospitalizations.
Jif’s recalled products are now linked to 69 other product recalls due to peanut butter being notably used in chocolates, fruit and veggie trays, peanut butter sandwiches and more.
The original recall covered 49 Jif products, but the widening recalls include a number of other popular brands including Del Monte’s PB&J sandwiches and some of Albertsons’ store-made snacks.
Recalled products can be identified Lot numbers between 1274425-2140425 and include the numbers 425 for the 5th-7th digits. “425” indicates that the product was produced in the Lexington Facility.
A full list of Jif’s recalled products and their numbers can be found on the FDA’s website.
The Food and Drug Administration wants to note that peanut butter has at least a two-year shelf life and encourages consumers to check their cabinets for affected items.
Smuckers is promising to reimburse people who have to discard their peanut butter. If you are affected in the Jif recall, you can visit a special website to submit a claim for up to five products at a time.
Coupons are expected to be sent to pay for replacement items, but that process can take up to six weeks.
Based on the widening recall, the outbreak is said to expand beyond US borders and affects other countries and provinces such as Canada, and the Dominican Republic to Thailand and Japan, according to the FDA.
More on this outbreak is being investigated. Check back for details.