E. coli Infections Linked to Soynut Butter Products

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CDC and FDA Investigating Outbreak in Several States

People usually get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) 2-8 days (average of 3-4 days) after swallowing the germ. Most of the ill people are young children, and several of them have developed a serious complication from their infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome (a type of kidney failure).

The children got sick after eating a soynut butter product made by the SoyNut Butter Co. under the brand “I.M. Healthy.” As a result, the company recalled the following products:

  • All varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters
  • All varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products
  • Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter

Advice to Childcare Centers, Schools, and Other Institutions

  • Childcare centers, schools, and other institutions should not serve any of the recalled products, regardless of the date of purchase or the date listed on the container.
  • Even if some of the product was eaten or served and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away. Put it in a sealed bag in the trash so that children, pets, or other animals can’t eat it.
  • Check your institution’s food storage area for recalled products. Some of these products have a shelf life of 2 years.

» Read the latest outbreak information from CDC