The FDA has issued a Class I recall, the most serious kind, on Farm Rich frozen foods after 27 people in 15 states became infected with a rare but very dangerous strain of bacteria known as E. coli O121. States reporting illnesses include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
“Children are especially at high risk because they tend to eat more of these mini meals, pizzas and snacks. Parents should be alert if they bought any frozen products from Rich Farms and Market Day brands,” said Hal Kleinman, a Janet, Jenner & Suggs attorney who represents people nation-wide who are victims of food poisoning.
The recall includes 10.5 million pounds of frozen foods produced at the company’s Waycross, Ga. plant with “Best by” dates of January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014. A full list of the recalled products can be found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website. Officials are advising anyone with these dangerous products in their kitchens to discard or destroy them.
Infection with E. coli O121 can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Symptoms surface typically within 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure. While most people recover within a short time, others are at risk for 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:
Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. If you recently consumed frozen mini meals or snacks from Farm Rich and were subsequently diagnosed with an E. coli infection, please contact our food poisoning attorneys.