E. Coli Outbreak From Contaminated Snack Foods Threatens Children In Twin Tiers, Says NY And PA Injury Lawyer

03-29-13-farm-rich-recall-graphicRich Products Corp. of Buffalo has made a voluntary recall of its Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas and other Farm Rich products because of possible E. coli contamination, according to news reports.

Some of the children and teenagers who have been hospitalized because of the contaminated food are in New York State and Pennsylvania. 

The recall of the popular snack foods, targeted at children, also includes:

  • Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices.
  • Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks.
  • Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites.
  • Market Day Mozzarella Bites.

Contamination in our foods is something that we have to write about all too often. When companies that prepare and package food fail to follow their safety protocols, those foods can be contaminated with E. coli, salmonella, listeria, and many other food-borne illnesses.

The Ziff Law Firm has successfully handled contaminated food cases in the past, including the Maple Lawn Dairy hepatitis cases. In fall 2004, an employee of the family restaurant in the town of Ashland was diagnosed with hepatitis A. He worked while infectious and exposed hundreds of customers who ate there during a two-week span to the deadly disease. Four people were confirmed to have contracted hepatiitis A and one person, an Elmira man, died as a result of the illness.

In the Farm Rich products recall, the company told The Associated Press it’s working with investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify the possible contamination source.

Symptoms of E. coli infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.

One news report says eight people, mostly children and teenagers, have been hospitalized after eating the food, which was produced last November.

In addition to New York and Pennsylvania, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported illnesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1-888-220-5955.

Thank you for reading.

Adam
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
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