Peanut butter substitute recalled after E. coli outbreak

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 4, 2017 11:26 AM

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Strain of the E. coli bacteria

(Springfield, IL) -- A peanut butter substitute sold by an Illinois company is being recalled because 12 cases of E. coli have been linked to the product. 

 Glenview-based I.M. Health SoyNut Butter Co . is voluntarily recalling its SoyNut Butter products. 

 E. coli cases in Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey and Oregon have been linked to the nut-free product.

 Illinois public health Director Dr. Nirav Shah says some E. coli infections are mild but others may be life-threatening. Young children are particularly vulnerable. 

 Health officials recommend people not eat any variety or size of I.M. Healthy-brand SoyNut Butter products or granola coated with the company's SoyNut Butter. 

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