The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Thursday consumers should toss any containers of the I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter because of possible E. coli contamination.
DHMH said consumers should also not eat any soy nut butter-containing products from Illinois-based SoyNut Butter Company until further notice because of the possible contamination.
DHMH said it has been working with other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to investigation a cluster of E. coli infections that they believe could be related to the soy nut butter.
The strain of E. coli creates what is called Shiga toxin, which causes severe illness and potential kidney failure in humans.