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Tainted soy butter spurs recalls one by one; FDA remains mum

Pro Sports Club recall of 20/20 bars likely first of many secondary recalls amidst E. coli outbreak

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As federal officials remain silent on sales and distribution details about a soy-based peanut butter substitute linked to a nationwide E. coli outbreak, secondary recalls of products made with the tainted soy butter have begun, leaving consumers to wonder how long they will have to wait for companies to voluntarily reveal how many more foods are… Continue Reading

Dozens sick from soy nut butter; FDA mum on manufacturer

Almost 90 percent of the victims in the ongoing E. coli outbreak traced to a soy substitute for peanut butter are children.

With the victim count at more than two dozen and expected to increase, lab reports show little doubt that I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter products are implicated in an ongoing E. coli outbreak, but corporate and government officials are still not saying what other products might also be contaminated. Three states — Oregon, Washington… Continue Reading

Two Dead in Danish Salmonella Outbreak

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Two people have died in a Danish outbreak of Salmonella that has infected at least 19 people. The two fatal cases were elderly, and suffered from other serious illnesses. All 19 victims were infected with a single strain of Salmonella, according to Luise Müller, an epidemiologist at the Statens Serum Institut.  Several of the outbreak victims… Continue Reading

I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter outbreak reaches Portland school

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Two of seven cases of E. coli O157:H7 at  Montessori of Alameda school in Portland are genetic matches to the E. coli strain from the national I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter outbreak, according to Oregon’s Multnomah County Health Department. The seven cases include six children and an adult, all from one classroom in the school. Four… Continue Reading

California couple sues SoyNut Butter Co. for E. coli infecton

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A second federal lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois against the SoyNut Butter Co over the ongoing E. coli outbreak. The civil action also names John Does 1-3 to eventually rope in defendants “whose identifies and citizenship are presently unkown,” but who “were involved in the manufacture, distribution, and/or sales… Continue Reading

Vulto Creamery expands cheese recall because of Listeria

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Vulto Creamery, Walton, NY, has expanded its recall to include all lots of four additional cheeses, in relation to an ongoing Listeria outbreak that has killed two people. Eight cheeses from Vulto are now under nationwide recall: Heinennellie, Miranda, Willowemoc, Ouleout, Andes, Blue Blais, Hamden & Walton Umber because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most… Continue Reading

SoyNut Butter Co. adds Dixie Diner’s Club brand to recall

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The identity of the soy nut butter manufacturer whose product is implicated in a nationwide E. coli outbreak remained a mystery today as a second brand of products was recalled. Dixie Diner’s Club brand of “Carb Not Beanit Butter” was added to the recall by the SoyNut Butter Co., which has already recalled all flavors,… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Canada recalls I.M. Healthy products; no E. coli cases there yet

U.S. continues to investigate SoyNut Butter Co.; manufacturer of soy butter remains secret

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UPDATE: 9:50 p.m. EST, March 10, 2017 — The recall in Canada has been expanded to include additional flavors of I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butters. Following confirmation by Oregon officials that they found E. coli in I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter Canadian officials issued a recall of the peanut butter substitute and granola… Continue Reading

2 dead in multi-state Listeria outbreak traced to Vulto cheese

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Two people are dead and four others are confirmed sick with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in cheese made from unpasteurized raw milk. Vulto Creamery is recalling the cheese from retailers and distributors nationwide. It’s been more than five months since the first outbreak victim became sick on Sept. 1, 2016, but federal officials… Continue Reading

Controlling bad eggs — on the farm and in the C-Suite

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Editor’s note: This column by Tommy Tobin was first published by the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School. Food can — and all too often does — make people sick. Anyone who has suffered from foodborne illness would be unlikely to want to repeat the experience. The… Continue Reading