March 23, 2017

Pritzker Hageman Files First AZ I.M. Healthy E. coli HUS Lawsuit

The law firm of Pritzker Hageman has filed the first Arizona lawsuit in the I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 - hemolytic uremic syndrome outbreak on behalf of a child. The lawsuit was filed on March 23, 2017 (Case : 1:17-cv-02233) in the United District Court Northern District of Illinois. The client in this case, minor child M.R., contracted a nearly-fatal E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating contaminated soy nut butter manufactured and sold by The SoyNut Butter Company. That infection developed into the complication hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which destroys the kidneys and can cause serious injury. The lawsuit alleges that the child, who attends a day care facility in Flagstaff, Arizona, consumed some of the SoyNut Butter in early January. On or about January … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Filed in E. coli O157:H7 I.M. Healthy SoyNut Outbreak

A lawsuit has been filed in the E.coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products. All I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products and I.M. Healthy granola have been recalled as a result of this outbreak. Class action lawsuits are usually not appropriate in these cases, since every case is unique. In the investigation, the Oregon Health Authority found E. coli bacteria in an opened sample of an I.M. Healthy product taken from a home where two brothers were sickened. Epidemiologic evidence collected by the CDC also links the products to the illnesses. In the latest CDC update, fifteen of fifteen people interviewed about their illnesses said they ate I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter at home, at a facility that served it, or at a childcare center that served it the week … [Read more...]

Montessori of Alameda E. coli Linked to SoyNut Butter Company Product

Julie Sullivan-Springhetti, Communications Director for Multnomah County Health Department , told Food Poisoning Bulletin in an email that an E. coli outbreak at Montessori of Alameda preschool has sickened six people.  Five of those patients are children and one is an adult. In a press release issued yesterday, a Multnomah county press release stated that two of those patients are sick with the I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 strain. Those patients are not included in the CDC's outbreak investigation page as of March 15, 2017. All six patients in the Montessori of Alameda outbreak have E. coli infections and four have E. coli O157:H7 infections. Officials are waiting on lab tests to confirm the type of E. coli and the H antigen in the remaining two cases. One child was … [Read more...]

Two of Six Sick at OR Preschool Match I.M. Healthy E. coli

Two of the six people sickened at Montessori of Alameda preschool in Portland, Oregon have infections from E. coli O157:H7 that match the outbreak strain that has sickened at least 16 people in the national I.M. Healthy SoyNut outbreak.  Four of the six are ill with E. coli O157:H7. Two other people have shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections, which can cause serious illness and kidney failure. Shiga toxins are made by this bacteria. They bind to the intestinal wall and invade the bloodstream, killing red blood cells. Further test results are pending. The health department has been investigating a diarrheal illness at the school since March 7, 2017. Dr. Jennifer Vines, Multnomah County Deputy Health Officer said in a statement "We are working closely with … [Read more...]

Nut Butter Food Poisoning Outbreak Roundup

The E. coli O157:H7 - HUS outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products is, unfortunately, nothing new. There is a long string of multistate food poisoning outbreaks linked to different types of nut butters in this country that goes back years. In the current outbreak, sixteen people in nine states are sickened. Eight people have been hospitalized, and five have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a complication of a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection that can cause kidney failure. This type of ready-t0-eat product seems innocent. After all, it doesn't contain leafy greens, raw milk, or raw meat, three of the foods most commonly associated with pathogenic bacteria. Everyone has a jar of peanut butter or nut butter in their pantry. And everyone from kids to … [Read more...]

Oregon Health Authority Finds E. coli in I.M. Healthy Products

The Oregon Health Authority has found E. coli O157 in a sample of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products taken from the home of two Oregon siblings. Both of the patients, both under the age of 18, were sickened in the outbreak linked to those products. The press release states, "Oregon confirms two E. coli O157 cases linked to national outbreak caused by I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter, Granola." Oregon is one of nine states where patients in this outbreak live. The others are Arizona, California, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The CDC has linked I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter and I.M. Healthy Granola coated with SoyNut Butter to this outbreak. Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director for the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section at the OHA Public … [Read more...]

CDC Updates I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

The CDC has updated their investigation into the I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. Now, sixteen people in nine states are sick in this outbreak, an increase of four patients and four states since the original CDC  post just four days ago. Two more people have been hospitalized, and one more person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). That means eight people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, for a 50% hospitalization rate. The HUS rate in this outbreak is also high, at 31%. In a typical Shiga toxin-producing E. coli outbreak, only 5 to 10% of patients develop this complication. The outbreak case count by state is: Arizona (4), California (4), Maryland (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Oregon (2), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (1). … [Read more...]

How Does E. coli O157:H7 Get Into SoyNut Butter?

The ongoing outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to recalled I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter has sickened at least 12 people in five states, most of them children. Because the product is a peanut butter substitute, it was served in daycare centers and in schools. So how does pathogenic bacteria get into a ready to eat product? This shelf stable, ready to eat product is considered benign by most people. But there have been large outbreaks linked to nut butter products in the past, most notably the 2008 Salmonella outbreak linked to the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) that sickened at least 700 people. There have been more than 90 recalls of nut butters and nuts for bacterial contamiantion since 2001 in this country. Most of the recalls have been issued since 2012. So how … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs in on I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

The FDA has issued information about the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter that has sickened at least 12 people in 5 states. Six of those patients have been hospitalized. And four people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially life-threatening complication of this infection. On March 3, 2017, the SoyNut Butter Company recalled its I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter with two best by dates. On March 4, 2017, they expanded the recall to include product packed in different sizes and more best by dates. But the CDC and FDA are warning consumers not to eat any I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products, including granola coated with the Butter, until further notice. The outbreak case count by state is: Arizona, (4), California (4), … [Read more...]

I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Recall Expands After E. coli Outbreak

The SoyNut Butter Company of Glenview, Illinois issued a recall of two Best By dates of its I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter late last week after the product was linked to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened at least 12 people in 5 states. Today, they expanded that recall to include more products and one more Best By date. The product was sold at the retail level in multiple states. It was also distributed to childcare centers and schools in many states. The I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter is packaged in 15 ounce plastic jars with the Best By dates July 5, 2018, August 30, 2018, and August 31, 2018. It is also available for sale in individual portion cups with the Best By date August 8, 2018, and in 4 pound plastic tubs with Best By dates of November 16, … [Read more...]

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