It’s no secret that peanut butter is one of America’s most popular ingredients: the smooth (or crunchy) spread found in candy, confectionery, snack foods, protein bars, ice cream and baked goods.
Now, the ingredient’s seemingly ubiquitous presence in the grocery store is coming back to bite peanut butter lovers in a big way.
The massive Jif recall, sparked by a salmonella outbreak in states across the country, has quickly spread to items using the peanut product.
A Friday FDA notice listed 13 items that have now been recalled in connection with the Jif contamination.
Contaminated items appear to come from different stores, which is a nightmare for shoppers.
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Products described on the list include foods such as fudge, packet snacks, and packaged fruit bowls.
The FDA encourages consumers not to consume any of the 13 currently identified products or jars containing contaminated Jif that appear to be the origin of the outbreak.
In the original recall earlier this month, the FDA indicated that potentially contaminated Jif jars would have a lot code from 1274425 to 2140425.
The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg infections linked to certain Jif peanut butter products made at the JM Smucker Company facility in Lexington, Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/mb1SdpHJIb
— US FDA (@US_FDA) May 21, 2022
FDA officials appear certain about the factory origin of the outbreak.
“The FDA performed a whole genome (WGS) analysis on an environmental sample collected in 2010 at the JM Smucker Company facility in Lexington, KY,” the agency wrote in its most recent recall notice.
“The analysis shows that this 2010 environmental sample corresponds to the strain causing disease in this current outbreak. Epidemiological evidence suggests that Jif brand peanut butter, manufactured at the JM Smucker Company facility in Lexington, KY, is the likely cause of disease in this outbreak.”
According to the latest data provided by the FDA, the total number of cases has risen to 16.
Although there were no deaths, two people were hospitalized with complications following the infection.
The outbreak currently includes Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Spoiled product is not limited to these states and has been confirmed to be distributed nationally and overseas.
Hopefully the recall for this favorite food and ingredient will be lifted soon as all contaminated produce is found and destroyed.
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