Jif peanut butter is being recalled after potential salmonella contamination

LINCOLN, Neb (KLKN)- Jif peanut butter is being recalled after a Lexington, Ky. manufacturing facility had an outbreak of salmonella.

On Friday, the J.M. Smucker Co. made an official recall of Jif peanut butter products sold in the U.S.

The current recall is being conducted with assistance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  It includes creamy, crunchy and natural varieties of the company’s peanut butter.

The recalled products have lot code numbers to help you determine where it was processed.

Lot code numbers between 127445 – 2140425 and include the numbers 425 for the 5th – 7th digits.  The three-digit number “425” indicates that the Lexington facility processed the peanut butter.

This information is normally printed on the back label of the jar.

If you’re not certain but are concerned that your peanut butter is contaminated, you can always check with the FDA website.

“The outbreak spans 12 states, and there are 14 people that confirm illness after consumption. Only two people have had to be hospitalized,” according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Salmonella itself a bacteria, but the illness it causes is known as salmonellosis.

If infected by salmonella, symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after contact. According to the FDA, they often include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

Most people who get the illness will recover within four to seven days and do not need further treatment.

If you find that your Jif peanut butter is contaminated, the FDA asks you “to throw it away immediately.” Then to, continue with sanitizing any surfaces or containers that might have come into contact with the peanut butter

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