An E. coli outbreak got people from five states sick. Officials indicate that the product responsible with spreading the bacteria is a peanut butter substitute produced by The SoyNut Butter Company.
Twelve people from five different states got infected with the E. coli bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration suggest that there is a link between E. coli and the peanut-free butter substitute I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter. They usually have a shelf life of two years.
The company voluntarily recalled some of the products that were likely to have caused the infection. The recalled products are the 15 oz plastic jars with a Best By date of July 5th, 2018, August 30th, 2018, and August 31st, 2018. Then, the individual portion cups dated August 8th, 2018, are also included, and the 4lb plastic tubs dated July 25th, 2018, and November 16th, 2018.
The company declared that they would be testing all their products and their supply chain to find who or what was to blame for the infection and to see if there were any more risks. Until then, they decided to issue the recall, to avoid any more contaminations. Since the product has a two-year shelf life, more people would have been likely to get contaminated if they had not taken the products off market.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that six people had been hospitalized and four developed a sort of kidney failure, called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The cases were reported between January 6th and February 15th.
The age of the sick people ranges from two to 48, but 11 out of 12 people were younger than 18. The states where the illnesses occurred are California, Arizona, Oregon, New Jersey, and Maryland.
Dr. Karen Smith, the director of the California Department of Public Health and the state public health officer, warned people that the SoyNut Butter coated granola might be infected with E. coli.
Thus, she advised all people who purchased the substitute butter and the coated granola to dispose of them immediately, even if they had already eaten from the products and showed no sign of illness.
The SoyNut Butter Company issued a voluntary recall on the substitute peanut butter, but the coated granola was not included in the recall.
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