Many Products Made with Peanut Butter Are Being Recalled—Here’s What We Know
This recall includes snack packs with peanut butter as well as truffles, candy and cupcakes.
After hearing about the Jif peanut butter recall, people immediately checked to make sure their jars were safe to eat. However, this brand of peanut butter is so widely used that several other manufacturers add it to products that don’t have a Jif label—and now they’re issuing recalls too.
What Caused the Recall?
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Jif recalled its peanut butter due to potential salmonella contamination. The original recall came about after 16 people fell ill with salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning that can result in vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and other symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that of the 10 people interviewed, 10 reported eating peanut butter prior to becoming ill. Nine people also provided brand information, and all of them said they’d eaten different types of Jif peanut butter.
Now, several manufacturers who used Jif to make new products have been forced to issue recalls as well. The products range from candy and bakery items to fresh fruit and veggie trays with peanut butter dips.
How Do I Know If I Bought a Recalled Product?
The FDA released a list of companies recalling products due to possible contamination from using Jif peanut butter. The UPC, Use-By dates and included states vary depending on the products and company involved.
- Fudge: The affected products include Fudgeamentals and products sold under the Walmart brand.
- Fresh cut fruit and vegetables: The affected products included sliced fruit with peanut butter and snack packs under the Del Monte, 7-Eleven, Circle K and Get-Go brands.
- Bakery items: The affected products include pies, cupcakes, snack mixes and other items containing peanut butter under the brands Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky, Haggen, Carrs-Safeway, Eagle, Tom Thumb, United, Amigos, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Andronico’s Community Markets, Vons, Pak ‘N Save, Shaw’s, Star Market, Randalls, Vons, Jewel-Osco, ACME, King’s and Balducci’s.
- Chocolate candy: The affected products include spreads, truffles, candy, fudge and other confectioneries with peanut butter under the Coblentz Chocolate Company brand.
- Peanut butter cups: The affected products include the celery and apple peanut butter cups under the brand Mary’s Harvest.
- Apple wedges and celery bites: The affected products include fruit and vegetables with peanut butter under the brand Garden Cut.
- Power packs: The affected products include power packs under the brand Fresh Seasons, distributed by Taher Inc.
- Snack trays and snack cups: The affected products include fruit, vegetable and snack packs under the Snack Fresh, Snack Sensations, Giant, Wegmans and Market32 brands distributed by Country Fresh.
- Chocolate-covered candy and Ritz crackers: The affected products include candies under the brand Wilbur distributed by Cargill Co.
- Apple and peanut butter dipper: The affected products include apple and peanut butter pack products at Wawa.
What Should I Do Next?
If you purchased any of the recalled products, dispose of them immediately and don’t eat them. If you saved to-go cups from any of the affected products, dispose of them. Make sure to clean your kitchen, including any utensils that could have touched the peanut butter. If you develop any of the symptoms of salmonella poisoning, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
You may be able to return certain products to the place of purchase. To see what steps each company has outlined, visit their individual FDA announcement page.