What Caused The E. Coli Outbreak?

An E. coli outbreak affecting 14 children and two adults across nine states is being linked to two of the peanut allergy substitutes in SoyNut Butter Company’s products. Monday, the company received their third lawsuit regarding the outbreak.

However, many still wonder what company produced the bad products. SoyNut Butter claims it was a contractor, but they won’t give out his name. The FDA is aware of the contractor’s name, but will not release the information.

Tuesday’s recall includes all I.M Healthy Granola and I.M Healthy SoyNut products. However, by the end of the week, the recall expanded, adding Carb Nut Beanit Butter and Dixie Diner’s Club products to the recall list.

If you have these products in your home, throw them out or return them for a full refund.

SoyNut Butter says they are still testing their products and will send out an update as soon as possible.

Two adults being affected by the outbreak purchased the I.M Healthy SoyNut Butter at a local Target store.

The lawsuit refers to the three entities that could be responsible for the outbreak: the distributor, the manufacturer, or even the seller of the contaminated products.

Bill Marler, Food Safety Attorney, began filing the first SoyNut Butter lawsuit last week in the case of Erin and Mosby Simmons of Santa Clara. The Simmons’ say their 8-year-old son’s infection from the products led to a kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

The same situation is true with a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The parents of a 2-year-old say their son also contracted HUS due to the E. coli infection. The CDC says five individuals have contracted HUS due to these products.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary. The FDA warns to watch for bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, and a mild fever. Most can recover within a week.

E. Coli Outbreak