Candy, trail mix and other snacks made fromare among the growing number of products removed from stores and vending machines nationwide as federal health officials investigate an outbreak of salmonella in several states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public safety alert on Monday saying at least 14 people in 12 states had been infected, including two hospitalized. “Four out of five respondents said they ate different types of Jif brand peanut butter before they got sick,” the agency said.
The JM Smucker Co. at the end of last weeksold in the United States and Canada, including creamy, crunchy, natural, and reduced fat. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Senftenberg was found at a JM Smucker factory in Lexington, Kentucky, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The true number of sick people and affected states is likely higher, as some people recover without being tested, according to the CDC. “This product has a very long shelf life, so be sure to check any Jif Peanut Butter you have at home to make sure it hasn’t been recalled,” he added.
Salmonella can cause symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It can be serious and sometimes fatal for children, as well as for the frail and the elderly. Most people who contract Salmonella develop symptoms between six hours and six days after being exposed to the bacteria.
All recalled peanut butters include the numbers 1274425-2140425, with “425” at the end of the first seven digits.
In addition to Jif jars, snacks containing the recalled peanut butter are now under regulatory review.
Walmart-branded fudge made with Jif peanut butter and sold in stores nationwide is being recalled by Fudgeamentals of Melville, New York, the company said in a notice issued Wednesday by the FDA.
Fresh Del Monte is recalling ready-to-eat fresh-cut fruits and vegetables containing Jif Peanut Butter sold by retailers, including 7-Eleven nationwide, the Florida company said in a separate notice.
Coblentz Chocolate Co., based in Walnut Creek, Ohio, is recalling candy, including chocolate, fudge, caramel corn and assorted creams containing the recalled Jif peanut butter, sold nationwide from November 12 2021 to May 21, 2022. The company has discontinued using Jif Peanut Butter, Coblentz said in a recall notice issued Tuesday by the FDA.
Garden Cut, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Tuesday recalled products that combine sliced apple or cut celery with peanut butter and are distributed in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods of Portland, Ore., on Tuesday recalled apple and celery slices combined with 1.5-ounce servings of Jif To Go Creamy Peanut Butter distributed at stores in two states — Oregon and Washington.
Spring, Texas-based Country Fresh is recalling a line of fresh-cut fruit snack trays and fruit snack cups containing the recalled Jif Peanut Butter sold under brands such as Giant, Market32, Snack Fresh, Snack Sensations and Wegmans.
Products were sold through retailers in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, DC and West Virginia, Country Fresh said.
Cargill announced Monday that it is recalling 795 8-ounce boxes of recalled peanut butter candies and other snacks, according to a notice issued by the FDA.
This includes Ritz Peanut Butter Crackers coated in milk and dark chocolate, Peanut Butter Fudge, Peanut Butter Eggs and Fudge sold locally at the Wilbur Chocolate retail store in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and in online at Wilburbuds.com.
Taher Inc. of Plymouth, Minnesota is recalling 6.3 ounce packages of “Fresh Seasons Power Packs” containing potentially contaminated Jif Peanut Butter. The packs were sold at retail stores and vending machines in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, according to the company.
Albertsons Companies said it was recalling 11 store-prepared products, including mini peanut butter cream pies and apple slices with peanut butter sold at stores including ACME, Albertsons, Eagle, Jewel- Osco, Safeway Tom Thumb and Vons (see full list of products and stores here).
In the meantime, Giant Eagle recallssold through May 13 by GetGo stations in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The snacks carry UPC code: 30034 93770 6 and expiration dates through May 29, 2022.
The CDC estimates that about 1.3 million Americans are infected with salmonella each year, with 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths.
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