E. coli Outbreak Linked to Frozen Pizza Slices, Cheese Steaks, Quesadillas & Mozzarella Bites
At least 35 people from 19 states are part of an E. coli O121 outbreak that was traced to Farm Rich frozen foods. The company recalled frozen pizza slices, philly cheese steaks, quesadillas and mozzarella bites for potential E. coli O121 contamination on March 28, 2013.
The Farm Rich frozen foods were recalled after New York state public health officials isolated E. coli O121 from a chicken quesadilla. Rich Products Corporation all products made at its Waycross, Georgia facility with an expiration date of January 1, 2013 through September 29, 2014, including frozen chicken quesadillas, frozen pizza slices, frozen philly cheese steaks, and frozen mozzarella sticks that were heat-treated, but not fully cooked, for potential E. coli contamination.
35 residents of 19 states—Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), California (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Illinois (2), Indiana (2), Michigan (3), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), New York (4), Ohio (6), Pennsylvania (1), South Dakota (1), Texas (3), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (2)—are part of the E. coli O121 outbreak linked to Farm Rich brand frozen foods.
According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the product packages contain the establishment number “EST. 27232” or “P-27232” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The snack foods subject to recall were sold at several retail outlets.
E. coli O121 Infection Symptoms
FSIS noted in a press release that many laboratories do not test for E. coli O121. Infection with E. coli O121 can result in dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called HUS, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, decreased urination, and swelling. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
If you have eaten the recalled products and believe you have an E. coli infection, contact your local public health department or healthcare provider and ask them to test your stool for E. coli O121
Contact the Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys
If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection after consuming contaminated frozen pizza, quesadilla or mozzarella sticks and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.
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