How Can I Protect My Family?
First, immediately cease eating any products made by The SoyNut Butter Company. These products have a long shelf life, so it is crucial to check your pantry, kitchen, and home for these products.
If you or someone in your family is sick after ingesting any The SoyNut Butter Company products, it is a good idea to seek immediate medical attention.
You can also visit us at UnsafeFoods.com or call us for answers to your questions, address your concerns, and to help you understand the legal process at (855) 969-5637.
Soy nut butter produced by The SoyNut Butter Company under the I.M. Healthy brand has been identified as a source for the mysterious E. Coli O157 outbreak cluster currently under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC, in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration and local state governments, is in the process of interviewing the identified victims of this outbreak and is continuing to search for any other ill people.
On March 2, 2017, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MDHMH) was the first to confirm the link, as a victim from their state confirmed ingesting soy nut butter made by The SoyNut Butter Company prior to becoming ill. The MDHMH warns its citizens to immediately refrain from eating any soy nut butter-containing products made by The SoyNut Butter Company.
At this time, the CDC, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state local health departments, including MDHMH, are working together to investigate this outbreak.
Furthermore, The SoyNut Butter Company initiated a recall of its products after the MDHMH notice. The company commented on their Facebook:
“The SoyNut Butter Co. has announced a voluntary recall of our of I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter with the Best By date of 08-30-18 or 08-31-18. The voluntary recall is in response to the FDA alerting us of a possible link between our product and illnesses regarding E.coli. While we are taking the necessary investigative steps in getting the product in question and the supply chain tested, we decided to issue the recall for the sake of food safety. We take our products integrity seriously and will update all our customers as we receive more information.
Consumers who have purchased I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter should not consume the product. The recall does not effect any other I.M. Healthy products except for the I.M. Healthy Original Creamy with the Best By date of 08-30-18 or 08-31-18. For questions or concerns, please call our office at 800-288-1012.”
The investigation is ongoing, and the CDC confirms the agencies are using the national PulseNet system to find any additional victims of this outbreak and confirm those involved in the cluster ate products by The SoyNut Butter Company. Early results indicate that the bacteria samples provided by the victims are closely related generically, indicating a common source. Currently, there are 10 confirmed victims from four states.
What is E. Coli O157?
E. Coli O157 is a Shiga toxin producing E. Coli (STEC) and one of the more dangerous foodborne pathogens seen in the world. It typically induces severe diarrhea and stomach cramps in its victims. Usually, this diarrhea is accompanied by blood in the loose stool. Even worse, E. Coli O157 can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a sometimes fatal condition characterized by the sudden onset of gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia from the destruction of red blood cells, low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia), bloody urine, and, in the worst cases, acute kidney failure (uremia). The acute kidney failure is the result of so many red blood cells being destroyed in the body that the kidney’s filtration system is overwhelmed and blocked by the dead cells. Approximately 3-5% of people who progress to the stage of HUS die as a result of the condition.
If you or someone you care for have ingested products from the SoyNut Butter Company and have become ill, urgent medical attention is recommended. The sooner the E. Coli food poisoning is detected, the better chance medical providers have of preventing the patient from progressing to the HUS stage and potentially dying.