Multi-State Investigation Continues as E.coli Infections from I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter Expand

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Mar-2017

Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner.

According to the recently-posted update on the CDC website, multi-state outbreaks of Shiiga toxin-producing Escherichia coliO157:H7 (E.coli) infections are linked to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter. Tracking of the recent outbreak began on March 7, 2017, when the company recalled all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products. Since that date, infections have spread, prompting subsequent recalls for Dixie Diner's Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter and Lifestyle Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bars.

Advice to Consumers included on the CDC notification:

  • "Consumers should not eat any variety or size of I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter, I.M. Healthy brand granola, or Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter, regardless of the date of purchase or the date listed on the container.
    • Even if some of the product was eaten or served and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away. Put it in a sealed bag in the trash so that children, pets, or other animals can’t eat it.
    • Check your pantry for recalled products. Some of these products have a shelf life of 2 years.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you think you or your child may have gotten sick from eating recalled products.
    • Most people infected with STEC develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps an average of 3-4 days after swallowing the germ.
    • More information about signs and symptoms of STEC infection is available on the Signs & Symptoms page."

As of March 30, 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended food facility registration of Dixie Dew Products, Inc. (producer of I.M. Healthy Soy NutButter). Although initial inspections were denied, the FDA subsequently acquired access and issued the Suspension Order. "The Suspension Order applies to the entire facility. While the order is in effect, no food product may leave the facility for sale or distribution. The FDA will reinstate Dixie Dew’s food facility registration only when the agency determines that adequate grounds do not exist to continue the suspension of registration."

E.coli symptoms range from mild stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea to acute renal failure. The CDC, FDA and state health organizations are coordinating the continuing investigations. Maryland and Virginia are now included among the states impacted by this outbreak.

Listed below are the current case count details from the CDC website:

Case Count Update

"Since the last update on March 21, 2017, six more ill people have been reported from four states.

Twenty-nine people infected with the outbreak strains of STEC O157:H7 have been reported from 12 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Case Count Map page.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 4, 2017, to March 13, 2017. Ill people range in age from 1 to 57 years, with a median age of 8. Twenty-four (83%) of the 29 ill people are younger than 18 years. Among ill people, 59% are male. Twelve ill people have been hospitalized, and nine people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

Illnesses that occurred after March 7, 2017, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 3 weeks. Please see the Timeline for Reporting Cases of E. coli O157:H7 Infection for more details."

I have extensive experience assisting clients who have suffered from food poisoning in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and throughout the country. Other law firms routinely refer food poisoning cases to me.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is the author of a widely renowned book on product liability litigation. An experienced speaker, he often shares his knowledge regarding personal injury litigation at seminars.

Mr. Zambri is licensed to practice in Maryland as well as Washington, DC, New Jersey and New York. A board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates, Mr. Zambri is former president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Out of more than 80,000 lawyers, Mr. Zambri was named among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro area by Super Lawyers®. He has also been ranked among the “Top 100” lawyers in the entire metropolitan area byWashingtonian magazine. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers (2016 edition) and has been repeatedly included in the Super Lawyers® magazine (2016), a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

Mr. Zambri has been successful in litigating food poisoning cases. He is knowledgeable and experienced in handling the unique complexities involved in food poisoning litigation.

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