Salmonella infections have been reported in 12 states, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington, according to the FDA. Two of the 14 cases required hospitalization.
The JM Smucker Co. said it is cooperating with federal investigators to determine appropriate next steps and will refund any customer who purchased the recalled product.
“We apologize for the concern this will create,” the company wrote in an unsigned statement. “Know that our number one priority is to provide safe and quality products to our consumers. When there is a potential problem, we act quickly, as we did in this case.
A Smucker spokesperson added that the company believes it has properly scoped the recall and that the company’s other brands are not affected.
The FDA announcement indicates that the strain of salmonella appearing in this outbreak matches a sample the agency took from the JM Smucker factory in 2010. Press representatives for JM Smucker and the FDA did not not answered specific questions about the 2010 sample.
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems.
Otherwise, healthy people who are infected usually have symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare and more severe cases, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and lead to arterial infection, according to the FDA.
The agency said no one should eat, sell or serve Jif peanut butter with lot codes between 1274425 and 2140425. The company also said any surfaces or utensils that may have touched the peanut butter should be sanitized.
You can determine if your peanut butter is covered by the recall by checking the product codes listed on the company’s announcement on fda.gov.
This isn’t the first time a major peanut butter brand has been linked to a multi-state salmonella outbreak. In 2006 and 2007, more than 600 people were infected with a strain of salmonella that the Centers for Disease Control has linked to Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter, according to a June 2007 CDC advisory.
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