April 5, 2013
Concord, NH – Farm Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, NY, firm, is expanding its recall of various frozen mini meals and snack items to more than 10.5 million pounds because of possible E. coli O121 contamination. A total of 24 persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O121 have been reported from 15 states. No cases of E. coli O121 linked to this outbreak have been identified in New Hampshire.
These products were distributed to retail stores and restaurants nationwide including in New Hampshire. A complete list of recalled products is available on the company’s website at www.farmrich.com. If consumers have any of these products at home they are advised to discard them immediately and not eat them.
"It is important that all consumers check their freezers for this product," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "Since many of these items are frozen, they could still be in many New Hampshire homes, and with the recall expansion people should check again to be sure.
Infection with E. coli O121 can result in dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5 and older adults. Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately as it can result in kidney failure.
This may be an evolving situation so consumers are advised to check the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website at www.fda.gov/Food/default.htm or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website at www.fsis.usda.gov for updates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting an investigation into possible cases of illness and has information about the outbreak on their website at www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2013/O121-03-13/index.html. For questions about E coli infection, call the DHHS Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at (603) 271-4496.