Jif Peanut Butter Products Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

May 23, 2022

On May 20, 2022, J.M. Smucker Company issued a voluntary recall of certain Jif peanut butter products in the United States. Some lots were associated with a Salmonella outbreak. The most recent report shows 14 related illnesses, with two people hospitalized. The recall has since expanded to Canada.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the recall affects many types of peanut butter. The affected products have lot code numbers 1274425 through 2140425, with “425” at the end of the first seven numbers. The announcement and product photos can be found here.

What Is Salmonella Infection?

Salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, can cause serious illness. It usually spreads through contaminated food or water. It can also result from touching infected animals or their feces. In the U.S., the infection affects more than 1 million people each year. Over 400 people die. The symptoms, most commonly diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, can begin as early as six hours and up to six days after consuming contaminated food. Most people recover completely.

Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection, but antibiotics are not routinely given to people infected by Salmonella. The CDC says that antibiotics are recommended for people who:

  • Have a severe illness
  • Are 50 years or over and have a chronic illness
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Are 65 years or older
  • Are infants

Complications from Salmonellosis

Although rare, salmonellosis can cause complications, such as endocarditis (infection of the heart lining), urinary tract infections, meningitis, and more. These infections can cause sepsis.

Anyone who has consumed a recalled product should watch for signs and symptoms of salmonellosis and speak with their doctor about managing the illness. The Food and Drug Administration advises people to throw away any recalled product.

To learn more about food poisoning, visit Sepsis and Food Poisoning, part of the Sepsis and… library.