Jif Recall: Peanut Butter Jars Recalled for Salmonella Contamination


American peanut butter brand Jif has recalled many of its products after at least 14 people have been sickened with salmonella. The brand’s parent company, The J. M. Smucker Company, issued the recall on Friday through the US Food and Drug Administration.

The sweeping recall caught public attention on social media and quickly sent people scrambling to their kitchens to check their peanut butter jars. Read on for more information regarding the recall and a list of products you should avoid. Here’s what you need to know about this latest recall notice. 

What Is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness in humans. It has symptoms including fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and other symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In most people, symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after contact with the bacteria. 

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, visit a doctor. Salmonellosis can become serious and even life-threatening in young children, immunocompromised patients, and older people. The FDA also recommends seeking medical attention if you think you’ve been exposed to salmonella. 

Which Products Are Recalled?

The products covered by the recall include Jif peanut butter jars with lot codes between 1274425 and 2140425. The relevant products will have the numbers 4,2, and 5 in their fifth, sixth, and seventh positions. This “425” code indicates that the jar was manufactured at the company’s Lexington, Kentucky plant. 

A full list of the recalled products, and their numbers, can be found here, on the FDA’s official website. These products include 16-ounce jars of creamy peanut butter, 40-ounce jars of international “all-natural” crunchy peanut butter, 8-ounce “to-go” sizes of peanut butter, and many other varieties. The sweeping recall covers products distributed in at least twelve US states. 

What Should You Do?

Check all peanut butter jars in your home for the recalled lot codes. Since peanut butter has a shelf life of over two years in some cases, you could have Jif-brand jars in your kitchen that are making you sick. If you’ve got any of the recalled products in your home, discard them immediately. If you happen to still have the receipt for a recalled product, you could instead return it to the retailer you purchased it from to receive a refund.

Don’t let the lack of a receipt keep you from discarding the product, though. If you’re unable to secure a refund, you should still avoid ingesting the product. It’s not worth getting sick over.