Fruit and snack trays that contain the potentially contaminated peanut butter as a dip have been recalled by several companies, having been distributed at convenience stores and locations across the country, including Safeway and 7-Eleven. Some chocolate dessert and candy products have also been recalled.
At least 14 people have gotten sick in an outbreak strain of salmonella in 12 different states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The US Food and Drug Administration said that Jif peanut butter produced at JM Smucker's facility in Lexington, Kentucky, is the likely cause of illness.
People who develop salmonella poisoning may experience symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach cramps or fever between six hours and six days after ingesting the bacteria, according to the CDC, and most people will recover without treatment within a week. But in some people -- children younger than age 5, older adults and people with weakened immune systems, for example -- salmonella poisoning can lead to more serious illness.
Here's what to know and how to check if your product has been recalled.
How to check if your peanut butter has been recalled
Peanut butter can sit on your shelf for a while before going bad, so it's important to check your Jif, regardless of when you purchased it. Per the FDA, follow these three steps:
Check if you have Jif peanut butter in your home.
Find the lot code on the back of the jar, under the "Best If Used By Date." The code may be next to the "Best If Used By Date" for cups or squeeze pouches.
Once you find the code, look at the first four digits. If they're between 1274 and 2140, and if the next three numbers after that are 425, this product has been recalled and you should not eat it.
For a complete list of the Jif peanut butters being recalled, including the type of jar or package it comes in, and descriptions such as creamy, crunchy and reduced fat, you can check the list on JM Smucker's website.
If you have the recalled peanut butter, don't eat it. The FDA also recommends sanitizing any surface that the peanut butter may have touched. If someone in your household has already eaten some and you're concerned they may be sick, contact your health care provider.
How to fill out the Jif recall claim form
On JM Smucker's website, you can fill out a form with the appropriate information, and the company says it'll send you a coupon for a replacement product. If you have more than five jars or packs of recalled Jif, you'll have to fill out another form.
You can also call JM Smucker at 800-828-9980 from 5 a.m. PT to 2 p.m. PT Monday through Friday with questions.
How to check your gas station snack tray or pack
Some snack trays including a variety of combinations of apple slices, pretzels, cheese cubes and more have been recalled because they contain recalled Jif peanut butter as a dip. (If you've ever been on a road trip and stopped at a gas station for a snack, think of the snack trays with separate containers for fruit, pretzels and the like.)
If you recently bought a packaged snack that included peanut butter, or a ready-to-eat peanut butter sandwich, it may have been recalled. Below are the companies recalling their snacks in response to the Jif recall:
Del Monte is recalling some snack trays that include different combinations of pretzels, cheese, celery, apples and peanut butter (as well as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich) following JM Smucker's recall. If you bought such a package with a 7-Eleven, Circle-K, Get Go or Del Monte brand, check the company's recall for specific information on which packages are included. If you have one of the items, you should dispose of the whole thing, Del Monte says.
Country Fresh is also recalling some fresh fruit snack trays and cups. The company's snacks were distributed in states in the South and on the East Coast and include Snack Fresh, Snack Sensations, Giant, Wegmans and Market32 brands. For specific product information and to see if your snack is included, check the Country Fresh recall.
Mary's Harvest is recalling some pre-packed apple and peanut butter cups. The cups were distributed in Oregon and Washington, and you can check Mary's Harvest's recall for specific product information.
Albertsons Companies is recalling some fruit and veggie trays because they contain Jif peanut butter, as well as peanut butter cream pie, a chocolate peanut butter cup, trail mix and a jumbo peanut butter chocolate cupcake. The foods were distributed across the US with a variety of brands including Safeway, Eagle, ACME, Pak 'N Save and Shaw's. The specific product information for what's being recalled, as well as photos of food labels, can be found on Albertsons' recall announcement.
Bix Produce Company is also recalling some "Egg and Cheese Curds Power Box" trays and "Egg and Cheese Curds snack box" trays because they contain the recalled Jif. Brand names are Jack & Olive and Created Fresh.
G Specialty Foods recalled some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as a snack pack and box that were distributed in Oregon and Washington.
Safeway Fresh Foods announced it's recalling some Quick Check-brand apple and peanut butter snack trays, which were sold in New Jersey at Quick Check stores.
Giant Eagle has also recalled some bakery items sold at a few Pennsylvania supermarkets because of the Jif recall.
Check your chocolate
A variety of chocolates and products made by Coblentz Chocolate Company and distributed nationwide were recalled. If you purchased Coblentz products recently, check the company's recall announcement for information about select chocolate foods.
Fudgeamentals announced it is recalling some of its brand as well as its Walmart-brand fudge because it was made with Jif peanut butter. Check the Fudgeamentals recall for product information.
Cargill (with products under the brand name Wilbur) also announced a recall of some of its chocolate that contain Jif peanut butter, sold in its Pennsylvania store and online. Here is the company's announcement and specific product information.
Euphoria Chocolate Company is recalling a few types of chocolate candies distributed throughout Oregon because they contain a recalled peanut butter.
Albanese Confectionery Group is also recalling Rich'speanut butter cups sold across the country through different retailers in response to the Jif recall. According to the company announcement, the mini and giant peanut butter cups were sold in bulk bins unpackaged.
Long story short? Check the FDA's recall list if you recently bought a pre-packaged snack, peanut butter sandwich or dessert that includes peanut butter. To see whether you can return your snack or dessert for a refund, check each announcement near the bottom of the page.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.