Soynut Butter Recall Due to E. coli Hospitalizations
The US Food and Drug Administration and the California Department of Public Health had announced a warning on Friday not to eat any I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products, specifically those that contain the I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter and granola. Twelve people in five states have been reported to have become ill.
Victim counts have increased nationwide due to the E. coli outbreak linked to the products. The SoyNut Butter Co. has issued a recall an unknown quantity of its I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter.
Only I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter with best by dates of August 30, 2018 or August 31, 2018 was included in the recall. Health officials have warned the public against all SoyNut Butter products and granola after the outbreak has hit children hard than adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data showed 11 out of 12 confirmed victims were known to be younger than 18. They have warned child care centers to check for SoyNut Butter and securely discard it to prevent children or animals to get to it. Even if some of the SoyNut Butter or granola was consumed and no one got sick it's still recommended to throw the product away.
SoyNut Butter website said they are investigating the issue and are questioning the supply chain. For questions and concerns, buyers are urged to call 800-288-1012.
On Tuesday, they first investigated the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. The CDC updated a consumer warning last Thursday and has now confirmed the outbreak has occurred in five states, Arizona, California, Oregon, Maryland and New Jersey.
According to Food Safety News, six out of the 12 confirmed victims required hospitalizations and four have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. The CDC said there were no deaths reported.
WFMZ reported the first confirmed illness began Jan. 6 and the most recent confirmed victims was on Feb. 15. Four of the victims from Arizona were children below the age of 5. Another child in Seattle is in the intensive care unit on dialysis awaiting laboratory results.