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E. Coli outbreak prompts recall of IM Healthy SoyNut Butter

I.M. Healthy soy nut butter E. Coli outbreak prompts recall of IM Healthy SoyNut Butter
Melissa Porter | 04 March, 2017, 02:23

No deaths have been reported, but half of those infected have been hospitalized. "Put it in a sealed bag in the trash so that children, pets, or other animals can't eat it". They are using pulsed field-gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS) to perform DNA fingerprinting on the STEC bacteria isolated from patients.

The strain of E. coli involved in the outbreak - O157:H7 - is potentially deadly.

Those sickened live in five states. Two of the patients live in OR, with four each in California and Arizona; there is also one each in New Jersey and Maryland.

The illnesses began between January 6 and February 15.

All but one of the individuals is under age 18, and six of them have been hospitalized. Among the ill persons, 58% are male.

Health officials identified I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter as the likely cause of the outbreak. At least 12 people from several states are sick in this particular outbreak.

IDPH recommends consumers do not eat any variety or size of I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter or granola coated with SoyNut Butter produced by SoyNut Butter Company for now.

The cases reported in Maricopa and Coconino counties have been linked to day-care facilities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The products have a shelf life of two years. I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter could also be contaminated, the CDC said.

The symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea that is often watery and/or bloody, and vomiting.

Very young children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe illness others, but even healthy older children and young adults can become seriously ill, the CDC said.

I.M. Healthy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post about this discrepancy.