CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On March 8, 2017, Robins Cloud’s food safety lawyers filed the second lawsuit in the nation against The SoyNut Butter Company. The SoyNut Butter Company makes “I.M. Healthy” brand SoyNut Butter and granola coated with SoyNut Butter. The CDC, FDA, Illinois Department of Public Health, and state health agencies spanning the country have now linked both “I.M. Healthy” brand products to the current nationwide outbreak of E. coli cases. The CDC reports that there are currently 16 victims of E. coli food poisoning linked to this outbreak. The victims live in nine states: Arizona (four cases); California (four cases); Maryland (one case); Missouri (one case); New Jersey (one case); Oregon (two cases); Virginia (one case); Washington (one case); and Wisconsin (one case).
Robins Cloud filed the lawsuit on behalf of a 2-year-old victim of E. coli food poisoning. The 2-year-old child developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious form of kidney failure, after eating “I.M. Healthy” brand SoyNut Butter that was contaminated with E. coli bacteria. This is the second E. coli lawsuit filed against The SoyNut Butter Company in the nation, and the first lawsuit filed against The SoyNut Butter Company in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
E. coli contamination is completely undetectable to consumers. SoyNut Butter contaminated with E. coli bacteria looks, smells and tastes just the same as uncontaminated SoyNut Butter.
“Nut butters contaminated with E. coli bacteria are especially dangerous to children. Children under the age of five are among the highest risk groups for developing serious E. coli complications, such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious form of kidney failure. Because children’s immune systems are still developing, children are less able than healthy adults to fight off E. coli infections. This is especially true of young children,” says Jory D. Lange Jr., a partner at Robins Cloud LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective products and foodborne illnesses. The firm is providing free, no-obligation legal consultations to the sickened adults and families whose children may have been harmed.
Lange added, “Like peanut butter, SoyNut Butter is not normally cooked before it is eaten. When an unsuspecting parent, teacher or caregiver spreads SoyNut Butter on a child’s sandwich, cooking is not usually a part of making a sandwich. Without high temperature cooking, E. coli bacteria can survive and multiply within contaminated SoyNut Butter.”
The SoyNut Butter Company markets its “I.M. Healthy” brand products as “safe” alternatives to peanut butter for children with peanut allergies. The company’s website states that its products are served to “over 2 million children a month … [i]n everything from schools to daycare facilities, camps and Head Start programs[.]”
The complaint filed by Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices and Robins Cloud LLP can be read here.
Robins Cloud LLP is currently investigating the details of the E. coli food poisoning outbreak linked to The SoyNut Butter Company’s products.
Those who suffered injury and complications allegedly related to foodborne illness from eating products from The SoyNut Butter Company may be entitled to compensation for injury-related damages. To learn more about making a claim, please visit Robins Cloud LLP's website, or call 855-969-5637.
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