Updated May 26, 2022, to include newly reported illnesses. A multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to Jif peanut butter has sickened 16 people in 12 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A nationwide recall has been issued for multiple varieties of Jif including creamy, crunchy, natural, and honey sold in a variety of sizes.
At least 16 cases of salmonellosis have been reported among consumers ranging in age from less than one year to 85 years old. However, health officials say it is likely that many more people have been sickened but were not tested for Salmonella.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include fever, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that can be bloody, usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure.
Health officials have interviewed 10 of the 16 patients so far. Two of them had such severe infections that they required hospitalization. Nine patients could remember the brand name and all nine said they ate Jif peanut butter before they became ill.
The number of cases reported from each state is: Arkansas (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (2), Ohio (1), North Carolina (2), New York (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).
Whole genome sequencing analysis was performed on the Salmonella samples from sick people. Results revealed that the Salmonella Senftenberg strains are closely related genetically to an environmental sample collected in 2010 from the J.M. Smucker Co. facility in Lexington, KY where some Jif brand peanut butter is produced.
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