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Monday, May 30, 2022

Ministry orders recall of peanut butter over salmonella scare


US authorities have flagged a batch of the Jif peanut butter, numbered 1274425 to 2140425, distributed in Malaysia and several other countries. (AGJeff Twitter pic)

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has ordered a recall of a batch of Jif peanut butter over fears of salmonella contamination.

This comes after the US authorities flagged a batch, numbered 1274425 to 2140425.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry has ordered the product’s importer to recall the affected batch.

He said the ministry will also be monitoring entry points into the country for the affected batch.

Consumers who have purchased the affected peanut butter products have been asked to avoid consuming them.

The batch was also distributed to other countries such as Canada, Thailand, Honduras, Spain, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria which can cause food poisoning if found in processed or raw food if the processing procedure is unsanitary.

Consumers may contact the nearest district health office through their website at http://moh.spab.gov.my or through the health ministry’s food safety and quality division’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bkkmhq regarding this issue. - FMT

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