In May 2022, the J.M. Smucker Company voluntarily recalled certain Jif brand peanut butter products sold in the United States after a multistate Salmonella outbreak was linked to Jif peanut butter products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there have been sixteen Salmonella cases across twelve states that are linked to Jif peanut butter products manufactured at a factory in Lexington, Kentucky. Those Salmonella cases have led to two hospitalizations for more serious cases.
The recalled Jif peanut butter products have lot numbers between 1274425 and 2140425. Essentially, if a Jif peanut butter product’s lot number’s final digits are 425, this indicates the products were manufactured in the Lexington, Kentucky plant. The full list of Jif peanut butter products included in the recall can be found here on the FDA’s website.
Jif Peanut Butter Recall Causes Chain of Recalls
The Jif peanut butter recalls have expanded beyond J.M. Smuckers’ recall. Multiple other companies have issued recalls because their products contain Jif peanut butter. These include:
- Walmart and Fudgeamentals’ fudge products
- Fresh Del Monte’s fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products
- Albertsons Companies’ store-prepared items containing peanut butter
- Many of Coblentz Chocolate Company’s chocolate products that contain peanut butter
- Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc.’s celery and apple peanut butter cups
- Garden Cut, LLC’s apple wedges and celery bites that come with peanut butter
- Taher, Inc.’s Fresh Seasons Power Packs
- Country Fresh’s fresh-cut fruit snack trays and fruit snack cups
- Many of Cargill’s chocolate products under the Wilbur brand names
- Wawa’s apple and peanut butter dippers
- Many of A G Specialty Inc.’s snack products
- Bix Produce Company’s snack boxes
- Euphoria Chocolate Company’s meltaways and truffles that contain peanut butter
- Safeway Fresh Foods’ apple and peanut butter snack packs
- Disney World
- Specific Giant Eagle bakery items
- Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.’s peanut butter candies
Walmart and Fudgeamentals
Fudgeamentals of Melville, New York announced a voluntary recall of their products that are commonly sold at Walmart stores. The recall pertains to their fudge that was made with Jif peanut butter and sold in 8 oz. and 16 oz. plastic containers.
Fresh Del Monte
Fresh Del Monte announced a voluntary recall of select fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products that contain “ready-to-eat” Jif peanut butter dip. The specific products include Del Monte apples with peanut butter, peanut butter snack packs, apples, and peanut butter packs, and sandwiches with peanut butter cups.
Albertsons Companies announced a voluntary recall of products containing Jif peanut butter. The recall includes eleven products that are made in-store at stores including ACME, Albertsons, Eagle, Jewel-Osco, Safeway, Tom Thumb, and Vons. The products were sold in almost every U.S. state and in Mexico.
Coblenz Chocolate Company
Coblenz Chocolate Company of Walnut Creek, Ohio announced a voluntary recall of select peanut butter products in response to the Jif peanut butter recall because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recall includes products sold between November 12, 2021 and May 21, 2022 with lot numbers 1315 through 2140. The specific products include:
- Peanut Butter Spread
- Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
- Graham Peanut Butter Sandwich
- Ritz Peanut Butter Sandwich
- Oversized Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
- Fudge Sampler
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Buckeye Fudge
- Oversized Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
- Oversized Peanut Butter Pretzel Cluster
- Peanut Butter Truffle
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Corn
- The 4oz, 8oz, 16oz, and 32oz deluxe assortment of gift boxes
- The 8oz and 16oz assorted creams
Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc.
Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of their celery peanut butter cup and apple peanut butter cup products that were distributed in Oregon and Washington due to the Jif peanut butter recall.
Garden Cut, LLC
Garden Cut, LLC voluntarily recalled snack cups that contain Jif peanut butter. The recalled products include the sweet apple wedges with peanut butter, tart apple wedges with peanut butter, and celery bites with peanut butter. The products that are potentially contaminated were distributed in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Taher, Inc. of Plymouth, Minnesota announced a voluntary recall of 6.3 oz. Fresh Seasons Power Packs because they contain Jif peanut butter that could be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were distributed in Minnesota and western Wisconsin in retail stores and vending machines.
Country Fresh issued a voluntary recall of fresh-cut fruit snack trays and fruit snack cups that contained Jif peanut butter. The products were distributed in the following states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
Cargill issued a voluntary recall of several products under the Wilbur brand name in response to the Jif peanut butter recall. In total, the recall contained 795 8 oz. boxes of products that contained Jif peanut butter. The products included milk and dark chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz crackers, peanut butter meltaways, peanut butter eggs and fudge that was sold locally through Wilbur Chocolate Retail store in Litiz, Pennsylvania and online.
Wawa announced a voluntary recall of Wawa apple and peanut butter dipper in 4.9 oz. packages and Jif creamy peanut butter in 16 oz. containers in response to the Jif peanut butter recalls.
A G Specialty, Inc.
- “The Goods” Snack Pack
- We Be PB & Jammin’ Snack Box
- Peanut Butter Strawberry Jam Old Fashioned
- Peanut Butter Strawberry Jam White Bread
- Jif Creamy Peanut Butter To Go 1.5 oz cups
- Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter To Go 1.5 oz cups
- Smuckers Peanut Butter ¾ oz cups
Bix Produce Company
In response to J.M. Smuckers’ Jif peanut butter recall, in May 2022, the Bix Produce Company of Little Canada, Minnesota recalled power and snack boxes that contain Jif peanut butter. The specific products included in the recall are the Egg and Cheese Curds power and snack boxes.
Euphoria Chocolate Company
The Euphoria Chocolate Company of Eugene, Oregon, issued a voluntary recall of several peanut butter meltaway and truffle candies in May 2022 due to their potential contamination with Salmonella. The company explained the candies could be contaminated because they contain recalled Jif peanut butter. The specific products recalled include:
- Peanut Butter Classic Truffles
- Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Meltaways
- Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Meltaways
Safeway Fresh Foods
Safeway Fresh Foods of Vineland, New Jersey issued a voluntary recall in May 2022 of their Quick Chek Branded apple and peanut butter snack trays that were sold in New Jersey because they contained recalled Jif peanut butter.
In May 2022, three Giant Eagle supermarkets in recalled bakery items that were made with Jif peanut butter.
Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.
The Albanese Confectionery Group in Merrillville, Indiana recalled select peanut butter products in May 2022 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella as a result of the Jif peanut butter recall. The specific products recalled were Rich’s Milk Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups and Rich’s Milk Chocolate Giant Layered Peanut Butter Cups. The Albanese Confectionery Group provided a list of retailers where the products were sold and that link can be found here.
The widespread Jif peanut butter recall and the resulting peanut butter shortage prompted Disney World to pull all peanut butter treats from its menus.
J.M. Smucker Company’s Jif peanut butter products are sold all over the world and include multiple versions such as creamy, crunchy, natural, and reduced-fat peanut butter.
United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong
Within days of J.M. Smuckers’ May 2022 Jif peanut butter recall in the United States, JDM Distributors in the United Kingdom (UK) recalled Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter. The Food Standards Agency in the UK advised anyone who had bought the products to not eat them. There have not been any reports of illnesses in the UK.
Jif peanut butter products implicated in Jif’s U.S. recall were also exported to Singapore and the Singapore Food Agency recalled the products.
Potentially contaminated Jif peanut butter products were also exported to Hong Kong.
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