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Farm Rich brand frozen foods recall expands to 10.5 million pounds

12:20 PM, Apr 6, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) -- A food recall that began with 196,000 pounds of frozen mini meals last week has grown to include 10.5 million pounds of frozen mini cheeseburgers, sandwiches, quesadillas, cheese steaks and pizzas. All are linked to an ongoing outbreak of E. coli that's sickened 27 people in 15 states.

Rich Products of Buffalo expanded the list of foods it has recalled on Thursday. It now includes all products produced at the company's Waycross, Ga., plant with "Best by" dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013, to Sept. 29, 2014.

The products are sold under the Farm Rich, Market Day, and Schwan's brands. They are heat-treated but not fully cooked and are meant to be either microwaved or baked in an oven.

The frozen foods have been linked to an outbreak of E. coli O121 that has struck hardest in people 21 and under, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 27 people who've gotten sick, 21 were in that age group.

Of the known victims, 35% have been hospitalized. Two of them developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can result from E. coli. No deaths have been reported, CDC said.

The E. coli strain in the outbreak, O121, is rare. It can result in dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps for three to four days on average and more severe illness. Symptoms can include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth. People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately, CDC said.

A full list of the recalled products is available from the company at 1-888-220-5955 or on its website at www.farmrich.com.

 

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