Farm Rich Recall: Reports of E. coli, HUS and TTP, New York Teen Latest Victim

Since the March 28 recall of Farm Rich products, parents of children diagnosed with E. coli O121 infections have been seeking legal help. They want confirmation that their child is part of the nationwide outbreak of E. coli O121 illnesses linked to Farm Rich:

Some of these E. coli victims (not yet confirmed as part of the outbreak) developed (hemolytic uremic syndrome) and/or TTP (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura).

The CDC has only confirmed one HUS kidney failure case as part of the outbreak. Now the New York Department of Health has released information on another confirmed HUS illness that may have been caused by the recalled Farm Rich products, distributed to Walmart stores in New York.

According to news reports, the latest case involves Rob Ormsby, an 18-year-old from Tonawanda, New York: "A spokesman for Ormsby’s family told News 4 that he is in 'very serious condition' at the VA Hospital."

E. coli is an extremely dangerous pathogen, and given the vehicle of transmission is most likely frozen snacks, we expect many more confirmed cases of E. coli with serious complications like HUS and TTP. What needs to happen as soon as possible is a determination of the following:

  • The ingredient(s) that tainted the Farm Rich snacks with E. coli O121;
  • How these ingredients were initially contaminated with E. coli; and
  • Why the manufacturer, Rich Products of Buffalo, NY, did not detect the E. coli (was testing inadequate, etc.).

Some of these questions may not be answered until lawsuits against the company are filed by victims and their families, and we urge them to contact our E. coli lawyers now. By filing a lawsuit now, we can get early access to relevant corporate and health department documents, allowing us to do our own investigation of the outbreak and find answers.  Without an E. coli lawsuit, we cannot force either the company or the health departments to share any information.

Attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team have been contacted by families and are available to help you, also. Contact Fred at 1-888-377-8900 (Toll Free) or submit our FREE consultation form found HERE.

 

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