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Well, that reminder stretched into a Jif, so to speak. Just three days after JM Smucker Company voluntarily recalled certain lots of its Jif brand peanut butter products due to a Salmonella Senftenberg outbreak, Cargill joined the Peanut Butter Gallery and issued its own recall of peanut butter products. On May 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Cargill was recalling certain lots of its Ritz Peanut Butter Crackers coated in milk and dark chocolate, peanut butter fudge, and egg and peanut butter fudge. What do these products have in common? Alas, they all contained Jif Peanut Butter which was recalled on May 20.

On May 21, Vicky Forster, PhD, covered for Forbes the original Jif booster. On the same day, an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had indicated that the Salmonella The Senftenberg outbreak had already left at least 14 people sick and 2 hospitalized in 12 different states. These are probably underestimates of the actual numbers, as people often suffer Salmonella symptoms in relative silence. After all, it may not be common for people to announce at work, at a party, or on a date, “Ladies and gentlemen, I now have bloody diarrhea. Batten the hatches. Here’s a tweet from the CDC about the May 21 outbreak:

Public health officials identified Jif Peanut Butter as the likely culprit due to a match. Not a Bumble or Tinder match. But a match between Salmonella strain causing the outbreak and that found by FDA whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis of samples collected from JM Smucker’s facilities in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2010.

Naturally, no one should want a Salmonella sandwich or a Salmonella Meltaway, unless you really enjoy four to seven days of fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Although most people eventually recover fully from illness, ingesting Salmonella has the potential to leave you with more than just toilet problems. In some cases, a Salmonella infection can progress to even more serious and life-threatening conditions, especially if you are a young child, an older adult, or have a weakened immune system, as I have already described for Forbes.

Now, just because you have Jif in your cupboard, fridge, or fanny pack doesn’t mean you should necessarily return it or throw it away. The JM Smuckers Jif recall only affected products with lot code numbers from “1274425” to “2140425”, and only if the first seven digits end in “425”, the product being manufactured in Lexington, Kentucky. If you find a product that fits this description, do not eat it or spread it all over your body. Instead, return the product for a refund or throw it away. You can fill out the Jif Recall contact form as indicated by the following tweet:

If you have two, three or say 150 jars of peanut butter affected by the recall, the form allows you to select the quantity of products you are reporting:

Oh, and if you’ve already thrown away the peanut butter, you can still get your money back:

Keep in mind that Jif Peanut Butter products can have a very long shelf life, so check your fridge, cabinets, suitcases, underwear drawer, drawers that are underwear and under your bed for all Jif Peanut Butter products to make sure they are not among the recalled lots. Also, if you do store Jif peanut butter products in your underwear or under your bed, ask yourself why you are doing it.

Likewise, get rid of or return any products that may be part of the Cargill recall. This latest recall involved 795 products sold in eight-ounce cans and sold at the Wilbur Chocolate store in Lititz, Pennsylvania. and online at Wilburbuds.com between February 9, 2022 and March 28, 2022. The FDA announcement indicates that the following information may be used to identify affected products:

  • K119D Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs – 8 oz. Box { Lot 220216AC, Best if used before the date of 05/16/2022
  • K119M Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs – 8 oz. Box: Lot 220216AF, best if used before the date of 05/16/2022
  • K120D Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Fudge – 8 oz box: Lot 220224AA, Best if used before date 04/24/2022; Lot 220219AB, best if used before the date of 04/19/2022; Lot 220215AC, best if used before the date of 04/15/2022
  • K120M Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Fondants – 8 oz. Box: lot 220222AA with best if used before date 04/22/2022; Lot 220218AG with Best if used before the date of 18/04/2022; Lot 220215AE with best if used before the date of 04/15/2022
  • K121M Ritz® Peanut Butter Crackers Coated in Milk Chocolate – 8pc. 8 oz. Box: lot 220302AF with best if used before the date of 02/06/2022; Lot 220216AJ with Best if used before the date of 05/16/2022; Lot 220209AF with best if used before the date of 5/9/2022
  • K508 Peanut Butter & Chocolate Fudge – 8 oz. Box: Lot 220219AF with best if used before the date of 04/19/2022
  • K509 Peanut Butter Fudge – 8 oz. Box: Lot 220219AC with best if used before the date of 04/19/2022

So far, there have been no reported illnesses related to the consumption of these Cargill products. Keep in mind that the recall does not affect other Cargill products.

When throwing away or returning any of the aforementioned products, be sure to do so in a way that does not contaminate other things or leave the products accessible to other people or your pets. Feeding them to your roommate would not be an appropriate way to dispose of the products. Thoroughly clean any table tops, containers, storage locations, body parts, clothing, pillowcases, underwear, anvils or life-size Harry Styles figures that may have touched any of the buttermilk products. peanuts recalled. Don’t risk getting into a jam by eating anything that may include tainted Jif peanut butter. After all, it’s still peanut butter for the better than the cure.