Peanut butter is a popular lunch and snack item for children and adults alike in Oklahoma and other states. Its popularity likely comes from the fact that it’s affordable, easy to find, and versatile. Recently, one of the more well-known brands, Jif, had a concerning recall on many of its products. The peanut butter in question may be contaminated with salmonella. Several people have gotten sick already after eating the recalled products.
Specifics of the recall
The recalled peanut butter was manufactured in a J.M. Smucker facility in Kentucky. Already, 14 people have fallen ill after eating Jif products. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning can mimic other gastrointestinal issues. It’s important for those who have consumed any of the recalled products to contact their health care provider if they experience fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
Because peanut butter has a long shelf-life, anyone with Jif products is encouraged to check their peanut butter to see if it falls under the recall. Those with Jif peanut butter can find the recalled product lot codes on the FDA website to compare with the code on their jar. Anyone who has a recalled Jif product should stop using it immediately and sanitize any surfaces that may have come into contact with the product. Consumers may have the option to return the product to the retailer from which they bought it for a refund.
Product liability legalities
Consumers have certain protections when it comes to recalled foods. When a food product can cause health issues, those affected may have the option to pursue legal action against the manufacturer. These matters can be complicated so it’s helpful to seek advice from an Oklahoma attorney with experience in product liability cases. Victims may be awarded funds to take care of expenses related to an illness caused by a defective product.