Apparently, Jif Peanut Butter has been “recalled” by its parent company (who knew?):
The J. M. Smucker Co. is recalling select Jif® peanut butter products sold in the U.S. due to 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 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.
The recalled peanut butter was distributed nationwide in retail stores and other outlets. Recalled products include the products below with lot codes 1274425 – 2140425. Lot codes are included alongside best-if-used-by date.
Not wanting to deal with salmonella — take it from me, I grew up in Africa, and it’s fucking wicked shit — I inspected the peanut butter supply chez du Toit (including the emergency hoard).
Every single jar we have falls into the fucking suspect lot code range. What’s just as interesting is that one of the jars is half-empty, i.e. New Wife and I have been feasting on the lovely stuff for about a month already on our weekend breakfast toast. With, of course, no ill effects… so far.
Needless to say, the supermarket shelves are already empty of all Jif products, having sent them back to the manufacturer for a refund.
Now: are said supermarket companies going to refund We The Consumers if we take our unopened jars of Jif à la salmonella back?
Don’t be silly. (I tried yesterday, at both Kroger and Sam’s Club and was told to fuck off. (Not quite what was said, but the outcome was the same nevertheless.)
Maybe if I open-carried my 1911 into Tom Thumb tomorrow, they’ll at least give me a decent hearing?
Watch this space.