The Food and Drug Administration issued a recall for Jif peanut butter after at least five people became ill from salmonella poisoning after consuming the product. The mandatory recall follows a voluntary recall issued by the J.M. Smucker Company Friday.
The FDA reported that five people who had consumed peanut butter developed salmonella, and four were able to pinpoint that the brand of peanut butter consumed was Jif; the fifth did not know the brand.
Testing of samples found that the strain of salmonella was identical to one found at the J.M. Smucker plant in Lexington, Kentucky found in 2010. The infected lots can be identified by a three digit sequence found in the production code on jars; “425” will be the fifth through seventh numbers on the code. If you have a jar bearing this code, dispose of the product immediately.