Health officials are investigating at least one case of someone in Illinois who was sickened after consuming peanut butter made by Jif, which has recalled a number of its products due to potential salmonella contamination.
So far, a total of 14 people from 12 states have reported infections involving salmonella senftenberg linked to certain types of Jif peanut butter made at a facility in Kentucky, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said it is working with the CDC, the FDA and local health departments to investigate the outbreak. The case in Illinois was in the central part of the state. The state health department did not provide additional details about the person in Illinois who became ill.
J.M. Smucker Co. recalled multiple types of Jif brand peanut butter on May 20. Consumers can go online to see if they have peanut butter involved in the recall. They should also check the lot code number on the containers, which is located by the “best by” date. Products with lot codes with “425″ at the end of the first seven numbers are part of the recall.
Consumers with peanut butter that’s part of the recall should throw away that peanut butter, and wash surfaces or containers that may have touched the recalled peanut butter using hot, soapy water.
Consumers can go online to get a coupon to replace their recalled peanut butter.
Symptoms of illness caused by salmonella can include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea, and dehydration. If people experience those symptoms 12 to 72 hours after eating Jif brand peanut butters, they should contact a health care provider.