SoyNut Butter expands recall due to rise in E. coli infection reports

SoyNut Butter recalled due to increasing E. coli infections

Glenview, Illinois -based I.M. Health SoyNut Butter Co. has issued a voluntary recall for its SoyNut Butter and other products in its range after the product was linked to 12 cases of E. coli.

E. coli cases linked to SoyNut Butter have been reported in states from Arizona, Oregon, California, New Jersey and Maryland. The illnesses linked to the butter started between Jan. 6 and Feb. 15 this year.

The product affected by the recall has a “Best Buy” date of Aug. 30 or Aug. 31 of 2018. CDC has recommended people not to eat the recalled product.

The federal agency said in a statement, “CDC recommends that consumers do not eat, and childcare centers, schools and other institutions do not serve, any I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter.”

Dr. Nirav Shah, public health director for Illinois, said in a statement that some E. coli infections might be mild but others can be life-threatening. Young kids and other people with weak immunity are particularly at risk.

Health experts have warned that the outbreak might grow further. They urged consumers to make sure that they seal jars tightly before disposing them in the trash so that kids and animals can’t get to them.