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Finland – Large Salmonella outbreak dominates Finnish figures

Food Safety News

A Salmonella outbreak affected more than 700 people in Finland in 2021, according to new information from the Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto).

The implicated food was a salad with iceberg lettuce, cucumber and peas served in several kindergartens. It was previously known that almost 450 people, mostly children, had been ill.

Officials in the city of Jyväskylä investigated the incident with the help of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Overall, 46 foodborne outbreaks were recorded in Finland this past year affecting almost 1,400 people. In 2020, 34 outbreaks were reported involving 543 people.

Seven Salmonella outbreaks sickened 824 people compared to three outbreaks with 21 sick in 2020.

The most common pathogen was norovirus with nine outbreaks and 260 cases. One of the main factors that contributed to foodborne norovirus incidents was an infected kitchen worker.

Read More at the link above.

USA – Wawa Removes Two Products Containing Jif® Peanut Butter Due to Voluntary Recall by the J.M. Smucker Co. of Select Jif Products Sold in the U.S. -Salmonella

FDA

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Salmonella
Company Name:
Wawa
Brand Name:
Wawa
Product Description:
Apple & Peanut Butter Dipper

Company Announcement

Effective today, Wawa has removed two products containing Jif Peanut Butter from all stores throughout our operating area. The product was removed following a voluntary recall by the J.M. Smucker Co. of select products sold in the U.S. due to the potential food safety concern.

Of the products covered in the J.M. Smucker Co. recall, Wawa stores carried only two (2) items as follows:

  • 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

The press release from J.M. Smucker Co. with specific with more details on the full recall can be found hereExternal Link Disclaimer.

If consumers have products matching the above description in their possession, they should dispose of it immediately. Consumers who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should visit www.jif.com/contact-usExternal Link Disclaimer or call 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM ET.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
 800-828-9980

USA – Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Celery Peanut Butter Cup G&G and Apple Peanut Butter Cup G&G Because of Possible Health Risk – Salmonella

FDA

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Peanut Butter
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Salmonella
Company Name:
Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc.
Brand Name:
Mary’s Harvest
Product Description:
Celery and Apple Peanut Butter Cups

Company Announcement

5/24/2022- Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc, of Portland, Oregon is initiating a voluntary recall of perishable Celery Peanut Butter Cup G&G and Apple Peanut Butter Cup G&G containing the Jif Creamy Peanut Butter To Go 1.5oz. cups due to a potential Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled products have 9-days shelf life and were distributed in Oregon and Washington to retailers and supermarkets from 02/19/2022 through 05/23/2022. A list of recalled products and affected Use By Dates range is listed in the table below.

Brand

Product

Pack Size

UPC

Use By Dates Range

Included States

Mary’s Harvest Celery Peanut Butter Cup G&G 6/7.5 oz. 8 87241 79672 1 05/15/2022-05/31/2022 OR, WA
Mary’s Harvest Apple Peanut Butter Cup G&G 6/6.5 oz. 8 87241 79671 4 05/15/2022-05/30/2022 OR, WA

Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc. initiated this recall because it contains the Jif Creamy Peanut Butter To Go 1.5 oz. cup that is recalled by JM Smucker Co.

In addition, if you may have further distributed this product, please identify your customers and notify them at once of this product recall and inform them to not consume the products and destroy or discard it.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

Anyone who has the recalled Mary’s Harvest products in their possession should not consume and should discard of the affected G&G cup including the Jif Creamy Peanut Butter To Go 1.5 oz. cup. Peanut Butter has a longer shelf life than celery or apple, consumer who saved the Jif Creamy Peanut Butter To Go 1.5 oz. cups from G&G products should not consume it.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 503-808-9444, Monday-Friday, 8am -4:30pm PST.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard. Please feel free to contact us should you require additional information or assistance.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
 503-808-9444

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USA – Fudgeamentals Recalls Fudge Made With Jif Peanut Butter Because of Possible Health Risk – Salmonella

FDA

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Peanut Butter
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Salmonella
Company Name:
Fudgeamentals
Brand Name:
Walmart and Fudgeamentals
Product Description:
Fudge

Company Announcement

Fudgeamentals of Melville, New York is voluntarily recalling fudge made with Jif Peanut Butter, packaged in 8 oz. plastic containers and 16 oz. plastic trays, in response to the J.M. Smucker recall of Jif Peanut Butter due to possible Salmonella contamination. The FDA’s recall announcement can be found at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-marketwithdrawals-safety-alerts/j-m-smucker-co-issues-voluntary-recall-select-jifr-productssold-us-potential-salmonella

These products were distributed nationwide through retail stores.

Description

UPC

Lot No.

Packaging Type

Brand

WALMART MKT FDG
TRIO V-TINE (16 OZ)
(C-STRWC-PBC)
6811310

36207

21-335 Clear
Plastic
Container
Walmart
WALMART MKT
FUDGE TRIO (16 OZ)
HOLIDAY FUDGE
TRAY
681131

400749

21-300,
21-301,
21-305
Clear
Plastic
Container
Walmart
PEANUT BUTTER
CHOCOLATE FUDGE
BAR (8 OZ)
FUDGEAMENTALS
840235

800026

22042001,
22059010,
22083003,
22089003,
22129378
Clear
Plastic
Container
Fudgeamentals
VARIETY TRAY (16
OZ) (C-CNC-PBC)
FUDGEAMENTALS
840235

800385

22-059 Clear
Plastic
Container
Fudgea

mentals

PEANUT BUTTER
CHOCOLATE FUDGE
BITES (8 OZ)
FUDGEAMENTALS
840235

800415

22-006,
22-007,
22-066,
22105161
Clear
Plastic
Container
Fudgea

mentals

PEANUT BUTTER
FUDGE BITES (8 OZ)
FUDGEAMENTALS
840235

800422

21-236,
21-307,
21-314,
21-326
Clear
Plastic
Container
Fudgea

mentals

PEANUT BUTTER
FUDGE BAR (8OZ)
FUDGEAMENTALS
840235

800569

22059001,
22083005,
22130393
Clear
Plastic
Container
Fudgea

mentals

TIGER BUTTER
FUDGE BAR (8 OZ)
FUDGEAMENTALS
840235

800811

22059007,
22083006,
22089006,
22130394
Clear
Plastic
Container
Fudgea

mentals

The UPC code can be found on the back or bottom side of the product just above the barcode.

The lot numbers can be found on the secondary-white sticker or printed directly on the side of the package.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

There have been no reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products to date. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should visit http://www.jif.com/contact-usExternal Link Disclaimeror call 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM ET. Consumers who have purchased impacted products should return them to the place of purchase.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
 800-828-9980
Media:
Lara Preite
 631-729-1408

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USA – Supplier J.M. Smucker Co.’s Jif Recall Prompts Fresh Del Monte to Voluntarily Recall Select Ready-To-Eat Products Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

FDA

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Salmonella
Company Name:
Del Monte
Brand Name:
Multiple brand names
Product Description:
Fresh cut fruit and vegetable products

Company Announcement

(Miami, FL – May 24, 2022) – J.M. Smucker Co.’s voluntary recall of select Jif products in the United States has prompted Fresh Del Monte to voluntarily recall fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products containing ready-to-eat Jif peanut butter dip due to the potential presence of Salmonella contamination. In response and out of an abundance of caution, Fresh Del Monte is recalling the following products, which were sold to retailers nationwide: Del Monte Apples with Peanut Butter (5 ounce) Peanut Butter Snack Pack (4.25 ounce), Apples and Peanut Butter (6 ounce, and 5.5 ounce), and Sandwich with Peanut Butter Cup.

This recall does not affect any other Fresh Del Monte portfolio items, which are completely safe, and not implicated as the source of this recall. The scope of this Fresh Del Monte recall is very limited as it relates to the company’s portfolio and only affects a few products containing J.M. Smuckers’ Jif peanut butter.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. Consumers can review the official J.M Smucker Co. FDA press release here.

Products subject to the voluntary recall of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are packaged in clear plastic containers with a tamper-evident seal and identified with a Del Monte “Best If Used By” (DM BIUB) date on, or before, May 30, 2022. Consumers can identify the recalled product using the information in the table at the end of this release.

Consumers who still have any of these products in their refrigerators are urged not to consume the product and discard it immediately. Retailers have been advised to check store shelves and warehouse inventories to confirm that no recalled product is available for purchase by consumers. Any Jif peanut butter snack packs that were packed in fruit snack trays from September 1, 2021, through May 20, 2022, that may be still on hand should be disposed of as well.

Consumers with questions may contact the company’s customer service desk at 305-520-8668 or 1-800-659-6500, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern Time, email consumers@freshdelmonte.com, or visit its website at https://delmontefresh.com/about-us/contact-usExternal Link Disclaimer.

Recalled Product Information:

Brand Description UPC code Best If used by
Del Monte Apple with Peanut Butter, 5.5 oz 717524102393 5/24/2022- 5/30/2022
Del Monte Apples & Peanut Butter dip, 6 oz. 717524720979 5/24/2022 – 5/30/2022
Del Monte Peanut Butter Snack Pack, 4.25 oz 717524784698 5/26/2022 – 05/29/2022
Del Monte PB & J SANDWICH (Peanut Butter and Jelly), 6.4 oz 717524770806 5/24/2022 -5/28/2022
Del Monte Apple, Pretzel, Peanut Butter Snack Pack, 4.25 oz 717524655011 5/24/2022 -5/29/2022
7-Eleven Peanut Butter Snack Pack, 4.25 oz 052548683146 5/24/2022 – 5/26/2022
7-Eleven Celery with Peanut Butter, 4.5 oz 052548682712 5/24/2022 -05/25/2022
7-Eleven Peanut Butter Snack Pack, 4.25 oz 52548683146 5/24/2022- 5/26/2022
Circle-K Apple Pretzel Peanut Butter Snack Pack, 4.25 oz 717524716309 5/24/2022 -5/30/2022
Get Go Apples with Peanut Butter Dip, 5 oz 0030034937706 5/26/2022- 5/29/2022

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Claudia Pou
Vice President, Global Head of Corporate Communications
communications@freshdelmonte.com


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Del Monte
 305-520-8668
 consumers@freshdelmonte.com

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USA – Waterville Country Club’s Nineteen 16 Restaurant link in Hepatitis A scare

Food Poison Journal

The state  of Maine CDC is warning of a possible hepatitis A exposure at an Oakland restaurant.

It says a food service worker had the virus, which can spread through contaminated food or water.

The worker at Waterville Country Club’s Nineteen 16 Restaurant was infectious from April 26-May 17.

If you ate or bought food from the restaurant, you could be at risk.

The state says there is no evidence linking this to a recently confirmed case of hepatitis at the Skowhegan Walmart.

USA – “Fresh Seasons Power Packs” with Jif peanut butter recalled over Salmonella concerns

Food Safety News

aher Inc. of Plymouth, MN, is recalling its 6.3 ounce packages of “Fresh Seasons Power Packs” because they contain Jif Peanut Butter and are potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

This recall comes after J. M. Smucker Co.’s recall of dozens of Jif peanut butter products because of a new outbreak of infections from Salmonella Senftenberg. That recall can be viewed here.

The recalled “Fresh Seasons Power Packs” were distributed in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin in retail stores and vending machines.

Recalled product:

  • The product comes in a 6.3 ounce, clear plastic package marked with lot numbers: 135-142 on the bottom with expiration dates ranging from 5/24 to 5/31.

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these specific products.

USA – GetGo brand apples with peanut butter dip recalled as Jif peanut butter recall affect products downstream

Food Safety News

Giant Eagle is recalling GetGo brand Apples with Peanut Butter Dip sold in GetGo stations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana because of potential salmonella contamination.

This recall comes after J. M. Smucker Co.’s recall of dozens of Jif peanut butter products because of a new outbreak of infections from Salmonella Senftenberg. The full recall can be viewed here.

GetGo learned of the issue during the retailer’s investigation into the Jif peanut butter recall from the J. M. Smucker Company. The peanut butter used for the item is affected by the Jif peanut butter recall.

Recalled Product:

  • The product was sold in GetGo locations through May 13
  • UPC 30034 93770 6
  •  Best if used by dates through May 29, 2022

As of the posting of this recall, there have not been any reports of illnesses, according to the company.

Those who purchased the affected product should throw it away or return it to GetGo for a refund.

USA – Peanut butter products made with recalled Jif pulled from Albertsons, Safeway, Eagles and more stores over Salmonella concerns

Food Safety News

Albertsons Companies, in cooperation with its supplier the J. M. Smucker Co., has recalled 11 store-prepared items because of possible Salmonella contamination.

The store-prepared items were available for purchase at the following banners: 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.

This recall comes after J. M. Smucker Co,’s recall of dozens of Jif brand peanut butter products because of a new outbreak of infections from Salmonella Senftenberg. The full recall can be viewed here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting 14 patients across 12 states with two people having been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported as of today.

USA – Cargill Voluntarily Recalls 795, 8oz Boxes of Product Containing Jif® Peanut Butter Due to the Potential for Salmonella Contamination

FDA

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Peanut Butter
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Salmonella
Company Name:
Cargill
Brand Name:
Wilbur
Product Description:
Multiple Chocolate Products

Company Announcement

Lititz, Pa.(May 23, 2022) – Cargill is voluntarily recalling select lots of Milk and Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz® Crackers, Peanut Butter Meltaways, Peanut Butter Eggs and Fudge sold locally through the Wilbur Chocolate Retail Store in Lititz, Pa. and online at Wilburbuds.com. The products contain Jif® peanut butter that was recalled by the J.M. Smucker company on May 20, 2022, due to the potential for Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Recalled product information

This recall affects 795, 8-ounce boxes of peanut butter containing products. These products were sold at the Wilbur Chocolate store in Lititz, Pa. and online at Wilburbuds.com between Feb. 9, 2022 and March 28, 2022. The recalled items can be identified using the following information:

  • K119D Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs – 8 oz. Box
    Lot 220216AC, Best if Used by Date of 5/16/2022
  • K119M Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs – 8 oz. Box
    Lot 220216AF, Best if Used by Date of 5/16/2022
  • K120D Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Meltaways – 8 oz Box
    Lot 220224AA, Best if Used by Date of 4/24/2022
    Lot 220219AB, Best if Used by Date of 4/19/2022
    Lot 220215AC, Best if Used by Date of 4/15/2022
  • K120M Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Meltaways – 8 oz. Box
    Lot 220222AA with Best if Used by Date of 4/22/2022
    Lot 220218AG with Best if Used by Date of 4/18/2022
    Lot 220215AE with Best if Used by Date of 4/15/2022
  • K121M Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz® Crackers – 8pc. 8 oz. Box
    Lot 220302AF with Best if Used by Date of 6/2/2022
    Lot 220216AJ with Best if Used by Date of 5/16/2022
    Lot 220209AF with Best if Used by Date of 5/9/2022
  • K508 Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge – 8 oz. Box
    Lot 220219AF with Best if Used by Date of 4/19/2022
  • K509 Peanut Butter Fudge – 8 oz. Box
    Lot 220219AC with Best if Used by Date of 4/19/2022

No other Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate or Wilbur products are involved in this recall.

No illnesses or health-related complaints in connection with this recall have been reported to Cargill to date. However, there is an ongoing outbreak associated with the consumption of Jif peanut butter.

Customers who purchased this product should not consume it and dispose of or return any unconsumed portions to the Wilbur Chocolate Retail Store.  To return products and/or request a refund, contact Amy Weik at Aweik@cargill.comor call 717-627-7946 between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday-Friday.

Cargill and Wilbur Chocolate are taking this action in the interest of consumer safety.

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About Cargill

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We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture. For more information, visit Cargill.comExternal Link Disclaimerand our News CenterExternal Link Disclaimer.External Link Disclaimer


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Amy Weik
 717-627-7946
 Aweik@cargill.com
Media:
Kelly Sheehan
 952-742-4204
 media@cargill.com
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