So, You Think That Peanut Butter is Safe?

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My container of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter. PIC by C. Eddy, 2023

The 2022 Jif Peanut Butter Outbreak and what it means to 2023

Perhaps like you, peanut butter has been a mainstay throughout most of my life: the base of inexpensive childhood jellied sandwiches and as a necessary dietary component of my adult weight training program. Good taste, fiber, easy to eat, basic make-up protein. My mother was an early adopter of Jif, and although I would later in life become a peanut butter snob, mostly in the hopes that floor sweepings and insect parts do not make it into my organic stir-required fancy brands, I have fond memories of it and its competitors, Skippy, and Peter Pan. However, the US FDA has declared Jif responsible for a multi-state salmonella outbreak (more on that below) and has demanded, by the end of February 2023, proof that their designated lots assigned for recall were adequately selected and based on scientific methods. The bottom line: is the contaminated product still on your pantry shelves and how would you know if it is?

Then tragedy struck.

But first, you should know that through my peanut butter taste cultivation, I became a broadly trained career public health advocate working in official capacity at local, state, and federal levels, including roles as SME (subject matter expert)…



Raymond Eddy BSc., M.P.H., REHS, CP-FS 🗻

Public Health; Science/Fiction/Quantum M: Idioms and Ritual; Exercise - all ages; Former SME ASPR/FEMA/Georgetown University; Professor; Marvel; Content is mine