By:  Jory D. Lange, Jr.

On March 10, 2017, the “I.M. Healthy” SoyNut Butter Company recall expanded a fourth time.  In this most recent recall, the SoyNut Butter Company recalled all Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter.  The products were recalled “because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O0157:H7).”  This Dixie U.S.A. product was only available for purchase online or through the mail.  “All Best Buy dates are affected.  Best Buy dates can be seen on the labels of the containers stamped in black.”

Under The SoyNut Butter Company’s recall, “Consumers who have purchased Dixie Diner’s Club products are urged not to consume the product.”

The Fifth SoyNut Butter Recall

This most recent recall is the fifth recall of The SoyNut Butter Company’s products since the original recall on March 4, 2017.

            Original Recall, March 2, 2017

On March 2, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company announced that it was recalling its “I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter with the Best By date of 08-30-18 or 08-31-18.”  The company initiated the recall after “the FDA alerted us of a possible link between our product and illnesses regarding E. coli.”

            Recall Expands, March 4, 2017

On March 4, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company recalled its “I.M. Healthy” brand Original Creamy SoyNut Butter “because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria[.]”  Initially, the company only recalled SoyNut Butter packaged in 15 oz. plastic jars with Best By dates of July 5, 2018, August 30, 2018, and August 31, 2018; individual portion cups with Best By dates of August 8, 2018; and 4 lb. plastic tubs with Best Buy dates of November 16, 2018 and July 25, 2018.

The first recall was triggered when people infected with E. coli or in the case of children, their parents reported what they ate in the week before they got sick.  “Nine (100%) of the nine people reached for interview reported either eating I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter at home (five people) in the week before they became ill or attending a childcare center that served I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter.”

            Recall Expands Again, March 7, 2017

On March 7, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company expanded its recall to include “all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products [coated with SoyNut Butter] because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7).”

As part of the expanded recall:

“All Best Buy dates of all varieties are affected. I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter has been packaged in 15 oz plastic jars, individual portion cups, 4 lb plastic tubs, or 45 lb pails. SoyNut Butter is available in Original Creamy, Chunky, Honey Creamy, Unsweetened and Chocolate. The granola has been packaged in individual serving packages, 12 oz bags, 50 oz bags, and 25 lb bulk bag. I.M. Healthy Granola is available in Original, Apple, Blueberry, and Raisin and Cranberry. Best Buy dates can be seen on the labels of the containers stamped in silver or black.”

            And Again, March 9, 2017

On March 9, 2017, “I.M. Healthy” brand SoyNut Butter and granola coated with SoyNut Butter were recalled in Canada.  The recalled products include:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
I.M. Healthy Creamy SoyNut Butter 425 g (15 oz) All 6 54989 91010 4
I.M. Healthy Chunky SoyNut Butter 425 g (15 oz) All 6 54989 92010 3
I.M. Healthy Unsweetened Creamy SoyNut Butter 425 g (15 oz) All 6 54989 93010 2
I.M. Healthy Honey Creamy SoyNut Butter 425 g (15 oz) All 6 54989 94010 1
I.M. Healthy Chocolate SoyNut Butter 425 g (15 oz) All 6 54989 97010 8
I.M. Healthy Original Granola 340 g (12 oz) All 6 54989 40035 3
I.M. Healthy Raisin & Cranberry Granola 340 g (12 oz) All 6 54989 40036 0
I.M. Healthy Apple Granola 340 g (12 oz) All 6 54989 40037 7
I.M. Healthy Blueberry Granola 340 g (12 oz) All 6 54989 40038 4

So far, no illnesses have been reported in Canada as a result of eating “I.M. Healthy” brand SoyNut Products.

For additional information on this recall, please see our earlier article.

             5th Recall, March 10, 2017

That brings us to the fifth and most recent recall, issued today.  Currently, “Fifteen (100%) of the 15 [E. coli victims] reached for interview reported either eating I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter at home (nine people) in the week before they became ill, attending a facility that served I.M. Health brand SoyNut Butter (two people), or attending childcare centers that served I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter and I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter (four people).”

SoyNut Butter Supplier Remains Unknown

The name of the company that supplied the nut butter to The SoyNut Butter Company has still not been publicly release.  Whether the company that supplied the nut butter to The SoyNut Butter Company also sold nut butter to other companies for use in other, as yet unrecalled, products is also unknown.

2 Million Children

According to The SoyNut Butter Company’s website, its products are served to “over 2 million children a month” in “everything from schools to daycare facilities, camps and Head Start programs[.]”

What You Can Do

You can help protect your family.  Check your pantry for any recalled “I.M. Healthy” or Dixie Diner’s Club brand products.

If you or your child is exhibiting E. coli food poisoning symptoms after eating any of the recalled “I.M. Healthy” brand SoyNut Butter, granola coated with SoyNut Butter, or Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb not Beanit Butter, please seek medical care immediately.

CDC recommends “consumers do not eat, and childcare centers, schools, and other institutions do not serve, any variety or size of I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter, or I.M. Healthy granola coated with SoyNut Butter, regardless of the date of purchase or the date listed on the container.”

CDC urges consumers that  “if some of the SoyNut Butter or granola was not eaten or served and no one got sick, throw the rest of the product away.  Put it in a sealed bag in the trash so that children, pets, or other animals can’t eat it.”

On average, E. coli infections lead to diarrhea (often bloody diarrhea) and abdominal cramps within two to eight days after consuming E. coli-contaminated food (averaging three to four days).

Within a week, some people recover.  But the CDC reports: “Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).”

  • “HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in young children under 5 years, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
  • “Symptoms of HUS can include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination.
  • “People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.”

For more information on E. coli symptoms, or for more information about the “I.M. Healthy” brand SoyNut Butter E. coli outbreak and multiple recalls, please visit www.UnsafeFoods.com.

Robins Cloud LLP is a nationwide law firm devoted to helping families who have been harmed by large corporations.  Robins Cloud LLP helps victims of defective products and foodborne illnesses. The firm is providing free, no-obligation legal consultations to the sickened adults and families whose children may have been harmed.