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Jif Peanut Butter salmonella contamination no longer a concern

Last month, J.M. smucker recalled nearly 50 Jif peanut butter products linked to a salmonella outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc) has now declared the outbreak over. It’s believed that the salmonella contamination originated at J.M. Smucker’s Lexington, Kentucky manufacturing plant.

As we wrote in our post at the time of the initial recall, “contracting salmonella, while unpleasant, isn’t often dangerous for most healthy Americans. For the young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems though, it can be of greater concern.” Jif’s recall covered a wide variety of Jif’s products, everything from creamy and crunchy peanut butter to squeezable pouches and to-go packs. When Smucker announced their recall, the FDA added additional products to the recall. Those products included snack cups and chocolates that contained Jif peanut butter.

Smucker has removed the recalled Jif peanut butter from store shelves, and asked that customers that purchased the recalled products to discard them or return them to their retailer for a refund. Fortunately, despite how prevalent salmonella illnesses could have been, nationwide just 21 illnesses were reported with 4 resulting in hospitalizations.

To read the report on the all-clear on Jif products, click here: