Certain Jif peanut butter products are being recalled over concerns about potential salmonella contamination, the JM Smucker company said over the weekend. The products were distributed throughout the US and in Canada and include creamy and crunchy peanut butter, natural honey and squeezable pouch peanut butter.
The Smucker company lists the lot numbers and specific names of the affected Jif products in statements on its site, for the United States and Canada. The relevant lot code numbers are 1274425 through 2140425, only if the first seven digits end with 425. You can find the lot code alongside the best-if-used-by date on the product packaging, the company said.
The possible salmonella contamination was tied to 14 illnesses and two hospitalizations, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. The outbreak is believed to have originated at a factory in Lexington, Kentucky.
Customers with affected Jif products should dispose of them immediately, the Smucker company said. People who consumed affected Jif products should look out for symptoms such as nausea; vomiting; diarrhea or bloody diarrhea; and abdominal cramping and fever, as well as muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms, the company said, adding that customers exhibiting such symptoms should contact a health care professional. Other information is listed in the statements linked to above.
"Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people," the company said in its US-oriented statement.
US consumers with questions or who want to report an adverse reaction can go to Jif's website or call 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 5 a.m to 2 p.m. PT (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET), the company said. Customers in Canada can go to this website or call 800-828-9980.
The voluntary recalls are being conducted in cooperation with the FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.