UPDATE: Class action suit filed over Jif peanut butter recall
John Kraljevich filed the suit "on behalf of all persons who have purchased Jif peanut butter products" between February and May of this year
Update from May 26, 2022:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man in South Carolina has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Kentucky against the J.M. Smucker Company over its Jif peanut butter products recall, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The report says John Kraljevich filed the suit “on behalf of all persons who have purchased Jif peanut butter products” between February and May 2022.
Kraljevich filed the suit the same day the FDA expanded the recall of Jif peanut butter products that came from the company’s facility in Lexington that is believed to be connected to a salmonella outbreak in 12 states, according to the report.
The FDA reports 14 people have been infected to date in the outbreak with two ending up in the hospital, according to the report.
Kraljevich accuses the company in the lawsuit of negligence, breaching warranties, fraudulent concealment and unjust enrichment, among other things, according to the report.
Kraljevich claims in his suit the company’s business practices were designed to mislead the public in connection with promotion, marketing, advertising, packaging, labeling, distribution and the sale of Jif peanut butter products which had the potential to cause illness from February to May, according to the report.
Citing court records, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports the company hadn’t filed a legal response to the lawsuit as of Thursday.
Original story below from May 25, 2022:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced an expanded recall of Lexington-made Jif peanut butter products.
J.M. Smucker Company voluntarily recalled Jif peanut butter on May 20, 2022 in response to reports of salmonella cases potentially connected to Jif products.
Several other companies are now recalling products containing Jif peanut butter.
Each company released information about affected lot numbers, which you can find through the FDA’s recall website HERE.
Fresh Del Monte has recalled several products sold under the brand names Del Monte, 7-Eleven, Circle-K and Get Go.
Country Fresh has recalled products under brand names Snack Fresh, Snack Sensations, Giant, Wegmans and Market32. These were distributed in stores in 20 states throughout the East Coast and Southeast.
Taher Inc. has recalled its 6.3 ounce “Fresh Seasons Power Packs” that were distributed in stores and vending machines in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Garden Cut is recalling products distributed to Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin, including Sweet Apple Wedges with Peanut Butter 60oz/4ct, Tart Apple Wedges with Peanut Butter 60oz/4ct and Celery Bites with Peanut Butter 60oz/4ct, all served with Jif peanut butter cups.
Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc. has recalled two products under the Mary’s Harvest brand, including the Celery Peanut Butter Cup G&G and the Apple Peanut Butter Cup G&G. These were distributed to retailers and supermarkets in Oregon and Washington.
Coblentz Chocolate Company is recalling a list of several products sold between Nov. 12, 2021, and May 21, 2022, containing Jif peanut butter, including Peanut Butter Fudge, Peanut Butter Truffle, Graham Peanut Butter Sandwich and Buckeye Fudge.
Albertsons Companies has recalled products containing Jif peanut butter sold under the brand names 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. These products from Albertsons were sold in Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Virginia and Mexico.
If you have any of the recalled products, contact the company for information and help.