A recall of Farm Rich Philly cheese steak, quesadillas, mozzarella bites and mini pizza slices on March 28, 2013 came after reports of 24 E. coli O121 illnesses in 15 states. Prior to the recall, the New York Department of Health found the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 in an open package of Farm Rich brand frozen mini chicken and cheese quesadillas. The package of quesadillas was from the home of one of the outbreak victims.
At least one person developed E. coli kidney failure (HUS). We have been contacted by other families whose loved ones have HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome) and TTP (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) but do not have confirmed cases of E. coli O121.
Recalled Farm Rich brand frozen food products:
- 7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese, pepperoni, and sauce in pizza dough,Best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014, UPC code 041322376909,USDA inspection legend with EST. 27232;
- 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese, pepperoni, and sauce in pizza doug, Best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014, UPC code 041322356437, USDA inspection legend with EST. 27232;
- 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese and grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust, Best by date of May 14, 2014, UPC code 041322356352, USDA inspection legend with P-27233;
- 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich Philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef, and onions in a crispy crust, Best by date of May 13, 2014, UPC code 041322356345, USDA inspection legend with EST. 27232;
- 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322374431, Best by date of May 19, 2014;
- 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322376916, Best by date of May 19, 2014; and
- 22-oz. bags of Market Day Mozzarella Bites, UPC code 041322804358, Best by date of May 12, 2014.
So far, CDC has reports of 24 people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O121. The number of reported cases in each of 15 states is as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Michigan (2), Mississippi (1), New York (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (1), South Dakota (1), Texas (3), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (2).
The E. coli victims were sickened from December 30, 2012 to March 9, 2013. Ill persons range in age from 2 years to 75 years, with a median age of 17 years. Seventy-eight percent of ill persons are 21 years of age or younger. Sixty-three percent of ill persons are female. Among 21 persons with available information, 7 (33%) reported being hospitalized, one of them the person who developed HUS.
If you were infected by E. coli O121, you have a much greater risk of developing kidney disease in the future, even if your illness was not life threatening. Our E. coli lawyers can help you seek compensation for your current and expected future medial expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, disability and other lawful damages. Contact our experienced lawyers for a FREE consultation HERE regarding a Farm Rich E. coli lawsuit.