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2017 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to IM Healthy SoyNut Butter

Local, state and federal public health and regulatory officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to consumption of IM Healthy SoyNut Butter manufactured by Dixie Dew Products, Inc. of Erlander, Kentucky. Thirty-two illnesses were reported from Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Twelve people were hospitalized. Nine people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths were reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 4, 2017 to April 18, 2017. Twenty five of the 32 ill cases reached for interview reported either eating IM Healthy SoyNut Butter at home in the week before they became ill, attending a facility that served IM Healthy SoyNut Butter, or attending childcare centers that served IM Healthy SoyNut Butter and IM Healthy granola. On March 3, 2017 the product was recalled.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2017
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • SoyNut Butter
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • EXHX01.2652/EXHA26.3972
  • Location(s):
  • Home, childcare centers
  • Brand Name(s):
  • I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 32
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 12
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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