J.M. Smucker’s Co. recently issued a voluntary recall on various products containing Jif peanut butter due to potential salmonella contamination. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause serious and even fatal infections in those who consume it, particularly the young, frail, and those who have a weakened immune system.
While the recall was initially confined to certain Jif peanut butter products, it has since expanded to include others including Fresh Del Monte Portofino items. Given how expansive the recall is, consumers want to know when Jif will be back on store shelves.
The timeline for Jif products' return to stores is still unknown.
Dozens of Jif products have been impacted by the voluntary recall that was issued on May 20, which resulted in thousands of jars of peanut butter being pulled from store shelves. Jif is asking that anyone who purchased certain products containing its peanut butter dispose of them immediately.
According to Jif’s website, products that contain the following lot codes are among those included in the recall: 1274425–210425.
The potentially contaminated products were distributed nationwide and to various retail stores and other outlets including 7-Eleven and Circle-K. As Jif works to identify any other products that could be contaminated with salmonella, it's also in the process of reimbursing anyone affected by the recall.
Given the severity of the situation, it isn’t yet clear how long it will take the company to replenish the products pulled from retailers’ shelves.
What Jif products are affected by the recall?
Most of the Jif products included in the recall are jars of peanut butter. However, because Jif peanut butter is present in other products, the company is having to also issue recalls for certain Jif peanut butter snack packs that were sold between September 1, 2021, and May 20, 2022.
Companies like Del Monte are also having to issue recalls for certain products including:
- Apple with peanut butter, 5.5 oz (UPC 717524102393), best if used by dates 5/24/22–5/30/22
- Apples & peanut butter dip, 6 oz. (UPC 717524720979), best is used by 5/24/22–5/30/22
- Peanut butter snack pack, 5.25 oz. (UPC 717524784698), best is used by 5/26/22–5/29/22
- PB & J sandwich (peanut butter and jelly), 6.4 oz (UPC 717524770806), best if used by 5/24/2022–5/28/2022
J.M. Smucker’s, the company behind Jif, is continuously working to identify any other products that may be contaminated with salmonella. With that said, it’s recommended for consumers to continuously check the company’s website along with the FDA website for updates.
While Smucker’s is working to resolve the issues, it doesn't know yet what financial impact the recall will have on its fiscal year ended April 30, 2022.
Customers can get reimbursed for a recalled Jif product.
If you purchased a Jif product that is included in the recall, you can submit a product recall claim form through Jif’s website to request reimbursement. On the claim form, you will need to provide the UPC and Product Code from each potentially affected product. While you are limited to five products per submission, Jif doesn’t specify a limit on how many forms you can submit.