Officials said a recall has been issued for several Jif peanut butter products because of a potential salmonella outbreak.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Jiff’s creamy, crunchy, natural and low-fat peanut butter, among other varieties of the product, has been linked to salmonella outbreaks in 12 states, with 14 sickened, including two hospitalized.
The JM Smucker Company on Friday announced a voluntary recall of more than 50 Jiff Peanut Butter products due to potential salmonella contamination. According to the company, the jars with lot codes 1274425 to 2140425 have been recalled and must be thrown away.
The states reporting salmonella cases are Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington. The Food and Drug Administration said the outbreak has been linked to the JM Smucker Co.’s facility in Lexington, Kentucky.
Salmonella, a bacteria, can cause a disease called salmonellosis. Side effects from salmonella poisoning include fever, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 450 people die each year from salmonellosis in the country.
According to the FDA, people usually begin to experience symptoms 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Most people who are infected recover within four to seven days and do not require medical treatment.
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