SINGAPORE: The Singapore Food Authority (SFA) has ordered the recall of batches of Jif brand peanut butter as a precautionary measure due to possible Salmonella contamination.
This follows a similar measure in the United States where the product is imported from. At least 14 salmonella infections have been reported, according to US media.
Manufacturer JM Smucker Co had recalled affected batches due to potential contamination with the Salmonella Senftenburg bacterium, said SFA in a media release on Tuesday (May 24).
US authorities are currently conducting investigations, SFA said, adding that it has directed importer DKSH South East Asia to recall the implicated batches.
They contain the lot codes 1274425 – 2140425.
“Salmonella Senftenburg is a pathogenic bacterium and should not be detected in ready-to-eat food products,” SFA said.
It can cause foodborne illnesses including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea.
The agency also advised consumers who purchased the product not to consume it. Those who have and are concerned about their health should seek medical help, it added.
Consumers can also contact their point of purchase for enquiries.