Jif peanut butter products recalled due to possible salmonella issues

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At least 14 people have reported illnesses, including two hospitalizations.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating an outbreak of salmonella infections that may be linked to Jif peanut butter products.

The JM Smucker Company issued a voluntary recall for its Creamy, Crunchy, Natural, Reduced Fat Peanut Butter products that were distributed nationwide, with lot code numbers 1274425 through 2140425, a announced the FDA on Friday.

According to the FDA, at least 14 cases of illness have been reported, including two hospitalizations. The 12 states that have reported salmonella cases are Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Salmonella poisoning can induce symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, according to the FDA. Anyone who has eaten Jif peanut butter products and experiences these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

Consumers who are in possession of a recalled item should dispose of it immediately, the FDA has recommended. Surfaces and utensils that may have touched the peanut butter should also be washed and sanitized.

Evidence indicates the recalled peanut butter was produced at the company’s facilities in Lexington, Ky., which is likely the cause of the illnesses linked to the salmonella outbreak, the FDA said in a statement.

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