The Centers for Disease Control this week said the number of children and teens who have become sick after eating the I.M. Healthy brand of SoyNut butter has risen to 24, with some hospitalized.
The Glenview, Ill., company announced the recall of I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter earlier this month after federal investigators said it may be linked with an outbreak of E. coli.
The recall has since been expanded to include all I.M. Healthy Soynut Butters and I.M. Healthy Granola and Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter. Carb Nut was only available for mail order or online purchase.
Last week, the 20/20 Lifestyle Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bars were recalled because they contain a recalled ingredient.
29 people sickened
On Thursday, the CDC reported that the number of people infected with E. coli has grown to 29.
- 24 of those infected are younger than 18.
- 12 people have been hospitalized.
- 12 states impacted.
- 9 people developed a type of kidney failure.
- Zero deaths have been reported.
4 cases in Arizona
Four cases have been reported in Arizona.
Other states reporting illnesses linked to the recalled products include: five in California, one in Maryland, one in Missouri, one in New Jersey, nine in Oregon, two in Virginia, two in Washington, one in Wisconsin, one in Florida, one in Illinois and one in Massachusetts.
CDC recommends all sizes, brands be thrown out
Regardless of date of purchase or the date on the container, the CDC advises consumers toss any variety or sizes of:
I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter,
I.M. Healthy brand granola,
Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter,
and 20/20 Lifestyle Yogurt Peanut Crunch Bars.
The products were sold in stores, child-care centers and schools.
The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating the E. coli outbreak.
Symptoms of E. coli
The symptoms of E. coli include: severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and a mild fever. Most people get better within five to seven days. Up to 10 percent of those diagnosed develop a life-threatening type of kidney failure. Symptoms can occur between two and eight days of consuming a tainted product.
Find more information on the CDC’s outbreak website.