Most peanut butter is safe to eat for dogs, and giving it to them as an occasional treat is even healthy. But you might want to check your pantries as several Jif peanut butter products distributed in the United States and Canada have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.
The J. M. Smucker Co. advised consumers who purchased potentially tainted products to throw them away right away. Several types of creamy, crunchy, reduced-fat, and natural peanut butter products in various sizes, as well as a 40-ounce jar of natural honey, are listed in the company’s statement on the official website of the Food and Drug Administration. Consumers should check for the lot codes 1274425–2140425, which are located beside the best-if-used-by date on the peanut butter items.
“Evidence indicates that Jif brand peanut butter produced in the J.M. Smucker Company facility located in Lexington is the likely cause of illnesses in this outbreak,” said the FDA.
A representative from Jif told TODAY Food via email that there is no impact on Smucker’s Uncrustables, Santa Cruz Organic, or any other J.M. Smucker Co. Brand.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can develop in food and cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain if consumed. The illness can be potentially fatal in young children, the elderly, or individuals with weakened immune systems. It can also affect dogs and cats and usually results in symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.
As of now, 14 people have become unwell, with two of them requiring hospitalization. The most recent illness occurred on May 1, 2022.
Consumers with inquiries or concerns regarding adverse reactions should visit Jif.com or contact 800-828-9980 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.