The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and California Department of Health are warning people not to eat any I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products after they were linked to a nationwide E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least a dozen people.
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Update: SoyNut Butter Co. Files for Bankruptcy Amid E. Coli Outbreak
May 17, 2017 – Glenview, Illinois-based SoyNut Butter Co. has filed for bankruptcy after an E. Coli outbreak linked to its soy nut butter products sickened at least 32 people in a dozen states. Stephen Grubb, President and majority shareholder of the company, listed some victims of the outbreak as creditors with “unknown” amounts owed to them in a Chapter 7 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy court in Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune.
What’s the Problem?
March 6, 2017 – This recall affects the following products:
- 15-ounce plastic jars of I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter
- Individual portion cups of I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter
- 4-pound plastic tubs of I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter
- Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter
- Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bars with the brand name 20/20 Life Styles
As of Sunday, at least 12 people in 5 states had been infected with the E. coli outbreak strain STEC O157:H7. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11 of the 12 confirmed victims are under the age of 18. CDC is warning child care centers in particular to check for any unused SoyNut Butter and discard it securely so that no children or animals can get to it.
“CDC recommends that consumers do not eat, and childcare centers, schools, and other institutions do not serve, any I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter varieties and sizes, or I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter,” the agency said. “Even if some of the SoyNut Butter or granola was eaten or served and no one got sick, throw the rest of the product away.”
Of the 12 confirmed victims, 6 have required hospitalization and four have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, according to the CDC.
Victims have been confirmed in five states: Arizona, California, Oregon, Maryland and New Jersey. The recalled soy nut butter was distributed across the U.S.
Of the 9 victims for whom information was available, all had eaten I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products before getting sick, according to the CDC. The first confirmed illness began Jan. 6, with the most recent confirmed victim on Feb. 15.
FDA Stops Distribution of Dixie Dew Soy Nut Butter
March 31, 2017 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended distribution of all food products from the Dixie Dew Products facility in Erlanger, Kentucky, after soy nut butter produced there was linked to a multi-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 29 people in 12 states. FDA has suspended Dixie Dew’s registration “after an inspection revealed insanitary conditions at the firm that could affect the safety of finished products.”
Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bars Recalled Over E. Coli SoyNut Butter Concerns
March 27, 2017 – Pro Sports Club is recalling 36,957 Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bars because they include SoyNut Butter that may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Affected products were sold over the Internet and at PRO Sports facilities in Washington (Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle cities) from Aug. 8, 2016 to Mar. 10, 2017.
California Couple Alleges E. Coli from I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter
March 17, 2017 – A new lawsuit has been filed against the SoyNut Butter Company of Illinois by a husband and wife who allege E. coli poisoning from I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter. Plaintiff Kelli Vanderby of Sonoma County, California, claims she developed a severe E. coli O157:H7 infection following consumption of the product which required hospitalization an ongoing medical care.
Oregon Confirms 2 Children with E. Coli from I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter
March 9, 2017 – Two children in Oregon have been infected with E. coli in an expanding nationwide outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter. The children are siblings, both under the age of 18. They were not hospitalized, did not develop HUS and are currently recovering, according to state health officials.
Parents of 8-year-old E. Coli Victim Sue SoyNut Butter Co.
March 7, 2017 – The first civil lawsuit filed against the SoyNut Butter Co. in relation to an expanding E. coli outbreak seeks compensation for a 25-day hospital stay and continuing health consequences of an 8-year-old boy, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to the lawsuit, the boy was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., on Jan. 30, but his condition continued to deteriorate, and he was transferred to Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with E. coli infection and “treated with dialysis and blood transfusions for life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome.”
Do I Have a Soy Nut Butter Recall Lawsuit?
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