A salmonella outbreak at a Kentucky plant has prompted the recall of nearly 50 different Jif peanut butter products in the United States and Canada.
Jif’s parent company, JM Smucker Co, said Friday it was recalling the products amid safety fears related to the outbreak, which is currently being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) of the United States and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States. .
So far, 14 people in 12 states have been reported sick and two have been hospitalized, the FDA said. The five people who contacted the CDC had consumed Jif peanut butter before falling ill.
The FDA said the outbreak was linked to the same strain of salmonella found in a sample taken from a factory in Lexington, Kentucky, where Jif peanut butter is produced.
“Epidemiological evidence indicates that Jif brand peanut butter produced at JM Smucker Company facilities located in Lexington, KY, is the probable cause of the illnesses in this outbreak,” the agency said.
Jif peanut butter products with lot codes ending in 1274425 – 2140425 are those affected and can be found next to the expiration date, the company said through the FDA.
Some of the products were shipped to Canada and customers and businesses in both countries should not consume, sell or serve the potentially contaminated peanut butter, according to the recall.
JM Smucker Co has told all affected customers to discard the products, and anyone with potential symptoms should seek medical attention.
Salmonella can cause life-threatening infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA statement. Symptoms include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and vomiting.
JM Smucker Co said The Independent in a statement: “This incident was isolated to our manufacturing facility in Lexington, KY, and does not impact our other peanut butter production facilities. Additionally, there is no impact on Smucker’s Uncrustables, Santa Cruz Organic or any other JM Smucker Co. brand.
“We are satisfied, after our review of our records, that we have identified the root cause and implemented comprehensive corrective actions to resolve the issue. In partnership with the FDA and CFIA, we have initiated a voluntary recall covering the duration of the incident that we believe is responsible for the problem and several additional months beyond this period out of an abundance of caution.
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