Egg Industry News and Commentary

  —  Apr 19

 
CDC Identifies STEC O157:H7 in SoyNut Butter

    

Meat products including poultry are frequently implicated in food-borne infections. The CDC has recently concluded an epidemiologic investigation involving an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli strain O157-H7. Twenty nine patients among twelve states were identified as being infected with the specific outbreak strain.

Twelve patients were hospitalized with nine developing Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a serious complication of infection. The vehicle of infection was contaminated Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter frequently fed to children.

  

The outbreak resulted in a recall of all SoyNut Butter products under various brands in addition to granola and yogurt bars containing potentially contaminated ingredients. It is noted that 83 percent of the confirmed cases comprised children since the SoyNut Butter products were fed in day-care centers and schools and specifically to children with peanut allergies.