Publisher’s Platform: More sickened with Salmonella Senftenberg by Jif peanut butter – Questions need to be asked

– OPINION –

  1. Will J.M. Smucker Company and/or the FDA release immediately all inspection reports on this Jif plant from 2010 (see below) to the present?
  2. Will J.M. Smucker Company and/or the FDA answer if other WGS Salmonella Senftenberg samples found on the public database NCBI from 2010 to the present (notably 2014) are or are not linked to the J.M. Smucker Company Jif Peanut Butter plant?

A little transparency would be nice.

Since the last update on May 21, 2022, two more illnesses have been reported. As of May 25, 2022, a total of 16 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Senftenberg have been reported from 12 states:  Arkansas (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (2), Ohio (1), North Carolina (2), New York (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).

Interesting fact, according to the CDC, for every one person who … Read more

Wawa recalls Jif Peanut Butter products sold at their stores

Wawa is recalling two products containing Jif Peanut Butter sold at their stores, Wawa Apple & Peanut Butter Dipper and JIF Creamy Peanut Butter, because of potential Salmonella contamination.

The product was removed following a recall by the J.M. Smucker Co. of Jif peanut butter products because of a new outbreak of infections from Salmonella Senftenberg. The full recall can be viewed here.

Recalled products:

  • Wawa Apple & Peanut Butter Dipper 4.9 oz (all codes) – All Wawa Stores
  • JIF Creamy Peanut Butter 16 Oz | UPC: 00051500255162 | Lot codes: 1274425 thru 2140425

If consumers have products matching the above description in their possession, they should dispose of it immediately. 

About Salmonella infections

Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of Read more

Infant formula crisis is target of today’s Oversight and Investigations hearing

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce today holds its much-anticipated hearing on “Formula Safety and Supply: Protecting the Health of America’s Babies.”

It will be live-streamed from the Rayburn House Office Building via Cisco WebEx online video conferencing, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT.   The Oversight and Investigations hearing will examine the nation’s infant formula crisis including the recall, shortage, and attempts to increase supply.

Sworn testimony will be taken from top U.S. Food and Drug officials including FDA Commissioner Robert M Califf, Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas, and Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Director Susan Mayne.

Corporate officials from the three top formula producers will also be on the hot seat, including Abbott Senior Vice President Christopher J. Calamari, Gerber VP Scott Fitz, and Reckitt Senior VP Robert Cleveland.

The background paper,  prepared for the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee by … Read more

Seven sick with Salmonella after eating at New Hampshire restaurant

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), in collaboration with the City of Manchester Department of Health, is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Buba Noodle Bar, a Machester, NH, restaurant.

As of May 22, 2022, seven people with Salmonella Enteriditis infections have been identified who also reported eating at Buba Noodle Bar at 36 Lowell Street in Manchester, prior to their illness. 

One patient was hospitalized and there have been no deaths. Several other people with Salmonella infection are currently under investigation.

Buba Noodle Bar voluntarily closed on May 20 while a public health investigation is conducted, and the restaurant is partnering with public health to help determine a source for the infections.

“Anybody who develops a gastrointestinal illness within 7 days after eating at the Buba Noodle Bar restaurant should contact their primary care provider for Salmonella testing,” Read more

Publisher’s Platform: Salmonella peanut butter outbreaks – what have we learned since 2008?

– OPINION –

Friday night the FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, reported that they are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg infections linked to certain Jif peanut butter products produced at the J.M. Smucker Company facility in Lexington, Kentucky.

Total Illnesses: 14, Hospitalizations: 2, Last Illness Onset: May 1, 2022. States with Cases: Arkansas (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (1), Ohio (1), North Carolina (1), New York (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).

CDC’s review of epidemiological information indicates that five out of five people reported consuming peanut butter and four of the five people specifically reported consuming different varieties of Jif brand peanut butter prior to becoming ill. FDA conducted Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis on an environmental sample collected at the Lexington, KY, J.M. Smucker Company facility in 2010.

The analysis shows that this 2010 … Read more