April 1, 2013

Investigation of E. coli outbreak continues

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported a total of 24 people were infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O121. According to the CDC, 78 percent of the people are 21 years old or younger, seven of them were hospitalized. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, but no deaths have been reported. Current information indicates that consumption of frozen food products made by Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, NY, is the likely source of infection, CDC said. The New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center Laboratory, identified the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 in an open package of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas from an ill person’s home. The company recalled approximately 196,000 lbs. of frozen chicken quesadilla and other frozen mini-meals and snacks. Read More

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