If you've recently purchased a jar of Jif peanut butter, you'll want to familiarize yourself with a recall related to potential contamination.

Jif's parent company, J.M. Smucker, voluntarily issued the recall last week after an outbreak of salmonella reportedly broke out at a plant that produces the peanut butters in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control are both working to get to the bottom of the outbreak that affects Jif's creamy, crunch, and natural varieties of peanut butter that has spread to a dozen states so far (the closest to NJ being in New York).

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Cases of salmonella related to certain batches of Jif peanut butter span a dozen states so far, according to. Two of the 14 people who have been sickened had symptoms bad enough to require hospitalization.

Jif addressed consumers on social media in a statement that reads, in part, 'We are committed to reimbursing affected consumers and are posting verified impacted product information on jif.com/recall For reimbursement questions please contact us through jif.com/contact-us or 800-828-9980.'

If you're concerned you may be in possession of a contaminated jar of Jif, here's what to look for on the label:

  • creamy, crunchy, or natural Jif
  • look for lot code #'s between 1274425 – 2140425 that include the numbers 425 for the 5th-7th digits (an indicator the product came from the Lexington, Kentucky plant; see below)
courtesy FDA.gov
courtesy FDA.gov

The FDA advises that if your jar of Jif peanut butter matches the affected batch numbers, to throw it away and thoroughly clean/sanitize anything it may have come in contact with.

Some of the symptoms of Salmonellosis include stomachache and fever.

For more on the Jif recall, visit FDA.gov.

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