With shortages already hitting the nation on many fronts, Americans have also been hit hard recently with crushing recalls on essential items like baby formula, and household staples such as peanut butter.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated complaints of bacterial infections in four infants who consumed powdered infant formula produced in Abbott Nutrition's facility in Sturgis, Michigan. All of the infants were hospitalized after suffering bacterial infections. Two of the babies died.
The recall led to a nationwide formula shortage that has caused stress, anger and panic among parents, grandparents and other caregivers who rely on formula to sustain their little ones.
As CBN News has reported, mothers who were currently breastfeeding their babies, also pumped extra milk and gave it to others who regularly feed their babies formula but were having trouble finding it at their local store.
Consumers can't find Jif peanut butter anywhere after the company announced last month that all products containing the brand be pulled from store shelves.
"In cooperation with the FDA, we have issued a voluntary recall of select Jif® peanut butter products due to a potential salmonella contamination," the company said in a statement posted on their website.
In cooperation with the FDA, we’ve issued a voluntary recall of select Jif products due to potential salmonella contamination. We take seriously the role Jif plays for your family and are committed to reimbursing affected consumers. https://t.co/khyNNslWWF
— Jif® Peanut Butter (@Jif) May 22, 2022
The company also provided a list of the products being recalled as well as a recall contact form for customers to fill out. Jif will send coupon(s) for replacement product(s) for any items covered by the recall.
"Consumers who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions please contact us through jif.com/contact-us or 800-828-9980 M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST. Due to the high call volume at our call centers, our online contact form may be faster. You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for our most commonly asked questions regarding this voluntary recall," Jif explained in the statement.
"Our top priority is ensuring our consumers understand the details of the recall and are supported. We recognize your trust, and our reputation are built on our fundamental commitment to high standards for ingredients and manufacturing. We take your concerns seriously and are committed to producing safe, high quality peanut butter," the statement said.
Earlier this month, the FDA announced that a Midwestern cheese packaging company recalled numerous cheese products because of potential listeria contamination. The affected food came from the Paris Brothers Inc. plant in Kansas City, Missouri, and was shipped to wholesalers for distribution in countless grocery stores across the U.S.
Additionally, candy fans were surprised to hear that Mars Wrigley recalled several notable varieties of gummies due to packages possibly containing thin metal strands.
The issue applied to certain packages of Skittles Gummies, Starburst Gummies, and Life Savers Gummies.
Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Varieties of SKITTLES® Gummies, STARBURST® Gummies, and LIFE SAVERS® Gummies Due to Potential Presence of Thin Metal Strand Embedded in Gummies or Loose in the Bag https://t.co/UAqyE0LtdG pic.twitter.com/FJnhROcgNs
— U.S. FDA Recalls (@FDArecalls) May 16, 2022
The view a full list of products on the FDA's safety alerts and recalls, click here.