October 19, 2017

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 … [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...]

Some I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Recalled after E. coli Outbreak

The SoyNut Butter Company is voluntarily recalling their I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter with the Best By dates of 8-30-18 and 8-31-18. This recall is in response to the FDA's investigation of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 12 people in five states. The press release from the company states that this recall does not affect any other I.M. Healthy products. However, the CDC, FDA, and the state governments of Arizona, California, and Maryland are telling consumers not to eat any I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products, including their SoyNut Butter coated granola, until more information about the outbreak is available. These products have a long shelf life and are in consumers' homes. If you purchased any I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products, do not eat … [Read more...]

California Hit Hard by I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli Outbreak

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned consumers, especially children, not to eat I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or granola coated with SoyNut Butter, because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The CDPH, along with the CDC and FDA, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infections linked to those products. As of March 2, 2017, 12 patients have been identified in this outbreak. Four of those patients live in California. Most of the patients in this outbreak have been children, which explains why the hospitalization rate and the percentage of patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) have been so high. Six of the twelve patients have been hospitalized. Four of them have developed HUS. All four … [Read more...]

Multistate E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to I.M. Healthy Soynut Butter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections that are linked to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter. At least twelve people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli have been reported in five states. Six of those sickened have been hospitalized. Four people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). No deaths have been reported. Epidemiological evidence at this time indicates that I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter is a likely source of this outbreak. Those products may be contaminated with E. coil O157:H7 that could make people sick. The CDC recommends that consumers do not eat, and childcare centers, schools, and other institutions do not serve, any I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter … [Read more...]

Top 10 Multistate Outbreaks of 2016: Number 7 Adams Farm E. coli

The seventh largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2016 was the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to beef products made by Adams Farm. Eleven people in five states were sickened in this outbreak. The case count by state is: Connecticut (2), Massachusetts (5), Pennsylvania (2), Virginia (1), and West Virginia (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 27, 2016 to September 10, 2016. Patients ranged in age from 1 year to 74. Seven of those sickened in this outbreak were hospitalized, and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious condition that can cause kidney failure. No deaths were reported. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence indicated that beef products produced by Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts were the likely … [Read more...]

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