Stores Ignore Recall Of Peanut Butter With Deadly E. Coli Contamination

Seven months after Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli contamination promoted a nationwide recall of several I.M. Healthy Soy Nut Butter products, food distributors and retailers–including some online sellers–are still offering spreads and granolas covered by the recall.

Background On The I.M. Healthy Recall

Back in March, the I.M. Healthy brand’s parent company, The SoyNut Butter Company, announced a recall of its Original Creamy SoyNut Butter after at least a dozen people in 5 states were infected with E. Coli O157:H7.

I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter was recalled for bacterial contamination.

This product, I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter, is the one that 9 E. coli victims reported eating.

Three days later the company expanded the recall to include all flavors of its butters and all flavors of its granola products. The recall covered products sold individually in stores and bulk products sold to daycares and other institutions.

Potentially E. coli-contaminated I.M. Healthy Granola.

I.M. Healthy Granola was recalled in March but is still on some store shelves.

Three days after expanding its recall, The SoyNut Butter Company issued another expansion, this time including its Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter product.

The SoyNut Butter Co'd recall was expanded to include Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter.

Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter was recalled back in March for possible E. coli contamination.

Later that month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, suspended the registration of the company that made the allegedly tainted products, effectively putting the manufacturing plant out of business until FDA was convinced that “adequate” corrective measures had been taken.

In mid-May, SoyNut Butter Company filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

And that should have been the end of it–at least as far as most consumers were concerned. But it wasn’t. Even today say FDA inspectors, distributors and retailers are offering the potentially deadly nut butter despite the multiple recalls and despite the fact that anyone selling the products is clearly breaking the law.

In just one online search, as an example, I found several online retailers still listing the recalled products as “sold out” or “out of stock” but I also found a couple that were apparently perfectly willing to take my money and ship me products.

If You Find I.M. Healthy Soy Nut Butter Spreads & Granolas

If you find I.M. Healthy Soy Nut Butter spreads and granolas in your local markets you are urged to report it to your area’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.  You should not, of course, purchase the recalled butters or granolas.


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