On Friday, May 20, 2022, J.M. Smucker Co., the parent company for the widely known peanut butter brand Jif, issued a voluntary recall on multiple Jif peanut butter products due to a recent outbreak of salmonella linked to a manufacturing facility in Lexington, KY. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with other local partners, are currently investigating the outbreak spanning over 12 states. According to data provided by the CDC, currently, 14 people have reported illnesses, two of which have resulted in hospitalizations.
What Is Salmonella?
According to the CDC, roughly 1.35 million people are infected by salmonella poisoning every year, with 420 dying as a result. So, what exactly is salmonella, and how does it harm us? Salmonella is a bacteria typically found in animal and human feces. When consumed, the bacteria causes an illness known as salmonellosis, an infection that affects the intestinal tract.
Symptoms of salmonellosis include but are not limited to:
- Blood in the stool
- Abdominal cramps
These symptoms appear anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after contact and can last a few days to a week. Most infected people can recover within four to seven days and do not need treatment. However, more severe or even life-threatening cases can occur. If you believe you or a loved one consumed a jar of the recalled Jif peanut butter and have been experiencing symptoms of salmonella infection, immediately contact your healthcare provider. After contacting your health provider, please fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form for more information on how our attorneys may be able to help your case.