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In May 2022 J.M. Smucker recalled several Jif peanut butter products due to potential salmonella contamination tied to 14 illnesses. Salmonella symptoms can include fever, headache, vomiting, and longer term complications can occur. If you experience symptoms it is important to report it, and seek medical care if symptoms persist.

Last updated: March 22, 2023


One night I had a banana with a spoonful of peanut butter for a snack. The next day I was nauseous, cramping and had watery diarrhea. I wasn't sure what it was from at first, then two days later my husband gets the same symptoms, as well... See More as my children. Turns out he cut an apple up and served it with Jiff for the kids when I was at work, and now my 1 year old son is having awful acidic poops that are leaving a red rash all over his cheeks and privates. The number on the product is 3053 425, expiration is Feb 22 2025 | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Cramps See Less

Suspected food poisoning. Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Fever, Stomach Pain, Cramps, Chills, Headache
Suspected source: Jif
Onset: 12 to 24 hours
Duration: One Week
Sick: 2 people
Additional information: Still sick | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Fever, Stomach Pain, Cramps, Chills, Headache See Less

The FDA released a warning letter for J.M. Smucker LLC, manufacturer of Jif Peanut Butter, on January 24, 2023.

The FDA and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Food Safety Branch (CHFS-FSB) jointly inspected J.M. Smucker LLC manufacturing facility located at 767 Winchester Road, Lexington,... See More KY 40505-3728 from May 19, 2022, through June 9, 2022. The inspection was initiated as part of a multistate foodborne outbreak investigation of Salmonella Senftenberg (S. Senftenberg) illnesses linked to their ready-to-eat (RTE) peanut butter. According to the CDC, 21 people from 17 states were infected with the outbreak strain of S. Senftenberg. On May 20, 2022, this firm recalled all peanut butter manufactured at this facility from October 1, 2021, to May 20, 2022, due to potential contamination with Salmonella.

CDC and FDA have determined, based upon the epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence, that peanut butter manufactured at this facility was the source of this multistate S. Senftenberg outbreak.

At the conclusion of the inspection, FDA issued a Form FDA 483 (FDA 483), Inspectional Observations. FDA received J.M. Smucker LLC responses to the FDA 483 dated July 1, 2022, August 1, 2022, August 16, 2022, and October 4, 2022, describing the corrective actions taken and planned by this firm, including training records associated with their implemented corrective actions. After reviewing the inspectional findings and their responses, FSA is issuing a warning letter to advise J.M. Smucker LLC of FDA’s continuing concerns and provide detailed information describing the findings at this facility.

Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls
1. They did not identify and evaluate the hazard of contamination with environmental pathogens, such as Salmonella spp. at certain post-roasting processing steps, as a known or reasonably foreseeable hazard to determine whether it requires a preventive control.

Their response to FDA on July 1, 2022, discussed actions their facility has taken to address the deficiencies with their food safety plan, including adding environmental recontamination with Salmonella as a hazard requiring a sanitation preventive control at all steps where RTE product is exposed to the environment and will not receive an additional kill-step. However, they did not provide a revised hazard analysis or food safety plan for FDA evaluation. As part of their response to this letter, the FDA request that they provide their current food safety plan (including their hazard analysis).

2. Their corrective action procedures did not ensure appropriate action was taken, when necessary, to reduce the likelihood that environmental contamination will recur, when they detected Salmonella in their facility’s environment.

In their response dated July 1, 2022, they indicated that they conducted root cause investigations on the 2021 Salmonella findings in their facility, and they implemented corrective actions consistent with their environmental monitoring procedures. However, the outcomes of these investigations (e.g., their root cause determinations) were not provided in their response.

In addition, The FDA has the following comments:

The FDA is concerned that the history of contamination events associated with water in the facility and results from the whole genome sequencing (WGS) database suggest that Salmonella may be resident within your production facility.

While the procedures in the facility may help to identify events that would introduce water into your processing environment, constant vigilance is needed to ensure water does not become a source or route of cross-contamination in your dry processing environment. Further, to prevent Salmonella from spreading in their facility and adulterating their products, it is essential to identify the areas in their food manufacturing plant where Salmonella survives and take corrective actions as necessary to eradicate the organism.

In addition, the FDA recommends the company to consider incorporating WGS as a tool to investigate pathogen isolates obtained in their environmental monitoring program and/or their finished product testing program. The use of WGS to analyze and investigate any pathogen isolated from their production environment or RTE peanut butter will provide the most complete information available to identify and implement appropriate and effective corrective actions, including steps to prevent the contamination from recurring and steps to ensure contaminated product does not enter commerce.


About FDA Warning letters: "When FDA finds that a manufacturer has significantly violated FDA regulations, FDA notifies the manufacturer. This notification is often in the form of a Warning Letter. The Warning Letter identifies the violation, such as poor manufacturing practices, problems with claims for what a product can do, or incorrect directions for use. The letter also makes clear that the company must correct the problem and provides directions and a timeframe for the company to inform the FDA of its plans for correction."
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My daughter got sick last week after eating jif and then last night I had some on toast and have been up all night with knots in my stomach and just puked a large amount that smelled only of peanut butter. | Symptoms: Nausea, Vomiting See Less

Strange. What did you two eat before the peanut butter?
Reply 3 months ago
Suspected food poisoning. Symptoms: Diarrhea,Nausea,Vomiting,Stomach Pain,Cramps,Headache
Suspected source: Jif peanut butter
Onset: Not sure
Duration: Months
Additional information: Still have the jar of jof and went to doctor after hearing jif was contaminated | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Stomach Pain, Cramps, Headache See Less

I made a half sandwich with a new jar of Skippy creamy peanut butter today and four hours later had severe cramping and explosive diarrhea. The barcode numbers on my jar were 37600 11075 and the best by date was June 9, 2023. Previously I had experienced... See More even worse cramping and diarrhea from a previous peanut butter recall, possibly JIF, or I wouldn’t even have associated today's symptoms with peanut butter. I bought my peanut butter at this location. | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Cramps See Less

I purchased two packages of jif to go and after eating the peanut butter I began experiencing horrible stomach cramps, nausea, some vomiting, chills, headaches and horrible diarrhea. The worst of it lasted for 3 days, but the stomach pain lasted for approximately a week. Around day... See More 4 I started experiencing horrible pain in my upper right quadrant which radiated into my right shoulder. The pain was excruciating and has been ongoing ever since i suffered from the food poisoning. I found out that this new pain was due to a gallbladder dysfunction. I firmly believe the food poisoning directly correlated with my now ongoing gallbladder attacks. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Cramps, Headache, Chills, Stomach Pain See Less

Oh my, that sounds awful, I'm sorry. I hope you've been able to see a doctor
Reply 6 months ago
I purchased whole celery stalks and crunchy jif peanut butter from this place yesterday. Ate it together last night and have been vomiting it up partially digested since 3am this morning. Also
Experiencing diarrhea, fever and fatigue. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Fever, Fatigue, Indigestion See Less

I just got food from there like 2 hours ago from their cold bar. The salad (Tabouli) was not washed and the parsley still had soil and dirt in it. I called to report it too. And now I have cramps, stomach ache and diarrhea. The last... See More time this happened was when I ate JIF peanut butter which was recalled because of the Salmonella outbreak. I have a sensitive stomach (UC) and my stomach gets upset as soon I eat something unhealthy so I am sure the food today at this place was not good. | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Cramps, Stomach Pain See Less

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