In a story that continues to grow in scope, we wanted everyone to know that The SoyNut Butter Co. of Glenview, IL is recalling I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter product because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7).
According to the CDC, as of March 2, 2017, a total of 12 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 were reported from five states. The number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Arizona, (4), California (4), Maryland (1), New Jersey (1), and Oregon (2). Six ill people have been hospitalized, and four people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening type of kidney failure. Eleven of the 12 illnesses were reported in children under the age of 18. As of this writing, no deaths have been reported.
On March 3, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company recalled I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter with the Best By dates of August 30, 2018, and August 31, 2018.
The product is packaged in 15 oz plastic jars with the Best By dates July 05, 2018, August 30, 2018, and August 31, 2018; individual portion cups with the Best By date as August 08, 2018; and 4 lb plastic tubs with Best By dates of November 16, 2018 and July 25, 2018.
On March 4, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company expanded its recall of I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter to include product packaged in 15oz plastic jars with the Best By dates of July 05, 2018, August 30, 2018, and August 31, 2018; individual portion cups with the Best By date of August 08, 2018; and 4lb plastic tubs with Best By dates of November 16, 2018 and July 25, 2018.
I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter was distributed in multiple states, including childcare centers, and may have been purchased in stores or through mail order.
The known illnesses started on dates ranging from January 6, 2017 to February 15, 2017. The best evidence available to investigators indicates that I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter is a likely source of the outbreak.
In interviews conducted by state and local health department officials, ill people or their family members answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. All of the nine people reached for interviews reported either eating I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter at home (five people) in the week before they became ill or attending a childcare center that served I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter (four people).
E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools, however, most healthy adults can recover completely within a week. Some people can develop the aforementioned HUS, but this is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney failure and even death.
Consumers who have purchased I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter are urged not to consume the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-288-1012, Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 CST
**March 7, 2017 Update: The SoyNut Butter Co. is now recalling all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli. Additionally, all Best Buy dates of all varieties are affected.
The I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter has been packaged in 15 oz plastic jars, individual portion cups, 4 lb plastic tubs, or 45 lb pails. SoyNut Butter is available in Original Creamy, Chunky, Honey Creamy, Unsweetened and Chocolate.
The granola has been packaged in individual serving packages, 12 oz bags, 50 oz bags, and 25 lb bulk bag. I.M. Healthy Granola is available in Original, Apple, Blueberry, and Raisin and Cranberry. Best Buy dates can be seen on the labels of the containers stamped in silver or black.