Farm Rich Product Recall

Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a recall for Farm Rich products. There have been 27 cases of E. coli that has been traced back to this brand of frozen foods. Residents of 15 different states have been confirmed to have E. coli since December 2012 after eating frozen products from this company. The states that have report this illness include Illinois, Michigan, New York, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The people that have recently been infected with E. coli have developed what is known as hemolytic uremic syndrome which is a complication of this condition that can lead to kidney failure and problems with their nervous system. The recall of Farm Rich products includes over 10 million pounds of frozen pizza, quesadillas, mozzarella bites, sandwiches, and other frozen snack products. The products that are affected were manufactured in a plant in Waycross, Georgia from July 1, 2011 until March 29, 2013. It is still being investigated exactly what foods have been infected, but the company is recalling all frozen products that may present a risk for possible contamination.

The outbreak of E. coli was first discovered in the mini pizza slices that were purchased by someone in Texas. Laboratory tests confirmed that this product was positive for STEC O121 strain of E. coli. This strain of E. coli was also positively identified in frozen quesadillas that came from the home of a person in New York.

To make a positive identification of E. coli laboratories must obtain and test a stool sample from a person who is suspected to be infected. The samples must then be sent to a public health department for confirmation. Anyone who has purchased these frozen Rich Food products should return them for a refund from the company. Anyone who has eaten the products in question should be tested for E. coli from their healthcare provider or another public health agency. These cases of E. coli are rare in foods, but every precaution is being taken to keep more people from getting sick.

Resources

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/04/cdc-27-confirmed-cases-in-e-coli-outbreak-linked-to-frozen-food/