Jif recall spreads, impacting more than 20 companies that use the peanut butter in their products

A West Virginia-based candy maker joins a list of companies who have also pulled Jif products from their shelves

By Joy Saha

Staff Writer

Published June 23, 2022 1:00PM (EDT)

JIF Peanut Butter (Tim Leedy/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
JIF Peanut Butter (Tim Leedy/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Almost five weeks after nearly 50 Jif peanut butter products were recalled over salmonella concerns, the brand is being pulled from the shelf of a West Virginia-based candy maker called Deskins Candies, which sells an assortment of Jif-filled confections.   

Per an announcement posted on Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the manufacturer is recalling four 16 oz. food items, including its signature fudge, no-bake treats and pinwheel.   

The products in question were also distributed in four distinct locations: Merchants Distributor in Hickory, North Carolina, Kroger in Salem, Virginia, and Grants supermarket in West Virginia and Virginia.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of salmonella affiliated with Deskins Candies.

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The recent notice comes a little over a month after the May 20 recall of Jif peanut butter products, like the creamy, crunchy, natural and reduced fat varieties. The particular outbreak strain, called Salmonella Senftenberg, was first found in a J.M. Smucker plant located in Lexington, Kentucky, according to the FDA.

In addition to affecting production nationwide, the recall impacts international markets where Jif peanut butter is sold, including Canada, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand.

As of June 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that at least 16 people from 12 different states have been infected, with two hospitalized, after consuming the peanut butter and related products. According to the agency's review of epidemiological information, "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."

The widespread recall has since prompted 20 other companies to recall products containing Jif peanut butter. The targeted food items include packaged snacks, baked goods and peanut butter cup ice cream, which are all sold at gas stations and convenience stores.

Here's a complete list of the recalled Deskins Candies products along with their expiration dates:

Deskins Candies Peanut Butter Fudge (expiration date: 6/26)

By Joy Saha

Joy Saha is a staff writer at Salon, covering Culture and Food. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.


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