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MoH Wants Jif Peanut Butter Taken Off The Shelves Over Salmonella Contamination Fears

MoH Wants Jif Peanut Butter Taken Off The Shelves Over Salmonella Contamination Fears

Jif peanut butter with batch numbers 1274425 to 2140425 have to be recalled from the market.

Ikhwan Zulkaflee

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The Ministry of Health has instructed the importer of the Jif Peanut Butter to recall the product from the market following potential salmonella contamination to certain batches of the popular bread spread.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the ministry took note of the product recall from the US market following a notification from the International Food Safety Authorities Network.

“The notification stated that the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has ordered Jif peanut butter products with batch numbers 1274425 to 2140425, namely with 425 at the last three digits, to be recalled because they were contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

“The peanut butter products had been distributed to several countries such as Canada, Thailand, Honduras, Spain, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia,” Noor Hisham said in a statement today.

“Additionally, the MOH, through the Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM), will continue to monitor all entry points into the country for the affected batch,” he added.

He also urges businesses to stop selling the affected batch immediately while warning consumers not to consume the spread if they already bought them.

The presence of Salmonella bacteria can cause food poisoning if it were found in meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables and processed food.

“Consumers who have any concerns or information may contact the nearest District Health Office or visit the website http://moh.spab.gov.my or the BKKM’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bkkmhq,” said Noor Hisham.


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