The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg infection in Jif Peanut Butter has ended and the FDA investigation has ended.
This outbreak has 21 confirmed infections in 17 states. Four require hospitalization. No deaths were reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Wednesday’s update, the FDA reported that its investigation was closed. The agency last reported that the infection was linked to certain Jif-branded peanut butter products made at the JM Smucker Company plant in Lexington, Kentucky.
The JM Smucker Company voluntarily recalled certain Jif brand peanut butter and many other companies that used peanut butter as an ingredient in their products also issued a recall notice.
“The FDA is preparing a report discussing the findings and providing information to assist future prevention efforts,” according to the FDA statement.
For consumers, the FDA continues to urge them to check if they have the recalled peanut butter on hand or have used recalled Jif brand peanut butter with lot numbers 1274425 to 2140425 ending in 425 in the first seven digits. If anyone in the family has eaten or handled this peanut butter and has symptoms of salmonellosis, they should contact their healthcare provider.
For retailers, repackagers and manufacturers, FDA recommends reference to the company’s UPC code recall press release and other retailer information. Retailers, repackagers or manufacturers should not sell or offer recalled peanut butter or products containing recalled peanut butter.
For more information, see:
- FDA: Salmonella Outbreak Investigation – Peanut Butter
- FDA: JM Smucker recalls Peanut Butter
About Salmonella Infection
Salmonella-contaminated food usually doesn’t look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can get sick from salmonella infection. According to the CDC, infants, children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for serious illness because their immune systems are weak.
Anyone who has eaten or handled any of the recalled products and develops symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. People who are sick should tell their doctor of possible exposure to salmonella because special tests are required to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can be similar to other diseases, often leading to misdiagnosis.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection may include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults will usually be sick for four to seven days. However, in some cases, the diarrhea can be so severe that the patient requires hospitalization.
The elderly, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a serious illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening condition.
Some people became infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infection to others.
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