Jif Peanut Butter Recalled due to Potential Salmonella

By: Sydney Zimmerman, Edison Dohler, Brooke Silver, Andy Flynn

Many Jif peanut butter products have been recalled because of salmonella contamination. The voluntary recall was issued on Friday, where Jif encouraged people to dispose of all potentially contaminated products.

So far, the outbreak has spanned 12 states and 14 people have reported related illnesses, two of whom were hospitalized. Many types of peanut butter, including creamy, crunchy, reduced fat, and natural, have been listed as potentially contaminated.

Salmonella, a bacteria that can grow in foods, causes symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, a fever, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms often appear 12 to 72 hours after contact. Most people can recover from salmonella within a week of contact and don’t need treatment. However, for those who are old, young, or immunocompromised, symptoms can be much more severe and potentially fatal. BCC student Joshua Teller states, ¨I had to throw away all of my Jif peanut butter that I eat every morning for breakfast. I am scared I am going to get sick, and I am surprised this product is being recalled.¨