Some peanut butter products have been recalled in Canada due to possible salmonella contamination.
U.S. manufacturer JM Smucker Co. announced on Saturday a voluntary safety recall of 11 types of Jif products sold in Canada, including creamy, light, crunchy and dark peanut butter.
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The company, which is issuing the recall in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said jars with lot codes ranging from 1274425 to 2140425 should be disposed of immediately.
The Canadian recall comes after an outbreak of salmonella linked to Jif peanut butter left 14 people sick, with two hospitalizations, in the United States.
Salmonella cases in the United States have been reported in 12 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
Four of the five sick people said they ate different types of Jif-brand peanut butter before they got sick, the CDC said. To date, no disease has been reported in Canada.
The U.S. recall issued Friday includes about 50 Jif peanut butter products.
JM Smucker Co. said it is coordinating a full investigation into the matter in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine appropriate steps.
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“We apologize for the concern this will create. Please know that our number one priority is to provide safe, quality products to our consumers,” the company said on its website.
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Symptoms of salmonella include fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, according to the FDA.
In rare cases, a salmonella bacterial infection can also cause more serious illnesses, such as arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.
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The CDC recommends washing surfaces and containers that may have touched the recalled peanut butter using warm, soapy water.
Consumers who wish to report adverse reactions or have questions are encouraged to contact Jif.
Last month, several poppy seed products were also recalled in Canada due to possible salmonella contamination.
Salmonella fears also pulled more than 20 Kinder-brand chocolate products from store shelves across Canada in April.
— with files from The Canadian Press
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