In March, news of a five-state Escherichia coli outbreak linked to soy nut butter products was announced. A federal investigation led by officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including an epidemiologic traceback, pinpointed a single outbreak source: I. M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter products. In all, 32 individuals became ill after the outbreak eventually spread to 12 states.
Now, FDA is reminding the public that all flavors of I. M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter--including spreads and granola products--are still under recall after learning that the soy nut butter products are being sold online via various online vendors and stores.
According to an FDA statement, “Retailers cannot legally offer for sale and consumers should not purchase any flavors of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products, including spreads and granolas.”
As it learns of these products being offered for sale, the FDA notifies the retailer that these products cannot legally be sold. The agency is working swiftly to locate any remaining products to ensure they are no longer available to consumers.
The SoyNut Butter Company, the distributor of I.M. Healthy products, has ceased to operate. On March 30, 2017, the FDA suspended the food facility registration of Dixie Dew, Inc., the manufacturer of the products, meaning that no food may leave the facility for sale or distribution.
The FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as they become aware of recalled products being offered for sale. Additionally, the public is urged to report any product being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region. More information about the recall can be found at FDA.gov.
Five State E. coli Outbreak Linked to Soy Nut Butter Product