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Published On: Sat, Apr 27th, 2013

E.coli O121 outbreak Linked to Farm Rich Brand Frozen Food grows by five cases

The multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O121, or E. coli O121, linked to Farm Rich brand frozen food products has grown both in number of cases and the number of states affected, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outbreak update April 26.

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The federal health agency reports a total of 32 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) have been reported from 18 states.

This is up from 27 cases in 15 states three weeks ago. Five additional ill persons have been reported from California (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), and Ohio (1).

The outbreak has resulted in nine hospitalizations with two people developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a result of their infection.

Eight out of 10 people affected by the outbreak are 21 years of age or younger.

The outbreak strain of STEC O121 has been identified in two different Farm Rich brand frozen products collected from the homes of two ill persons.The Outbreaks Section of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) Eastern Laboratory identified the outbreak strain from individually wrapped Farm Rich brand frozen mini pizza slices from an opened package collected from an ill person’s home in Texas.

The New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center Laboratory, identified the outbreak strain from an opened package of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas from an ill person’s home.

On April 4, 2013, Rich Products Corporation expanded its recall to include all Farm Rich, Market Day, and Schwan’s brand frozen food products produced at its Waycross, Georgia plant between July 1, 2011 and March 29, 2013 due to possible contamination with E. coli O121.

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