E. Coli Outbreak Leads to Expanded Recall of Frozen Food Products
The Washington State Department of Health is warning people that several types of frozen food products – Farm Rich, Market Day, and Schwan's brands – have been recalled due to possible contamination with E. coli.
The products were distributed widely throughout Washington.
The recalls are related to a national E. coli outbreak that sickened 27 people from 15 states, including a Pierce County woman in her 20s.
"The foods in this recall were sent to stores throughout our state," said Dave Gifford, Food Safety program manager. "E. coli can be very serious. We're asking people to look at the recall list, check their freezers carefully, and throw out any of these products that they find."
The type of E. coli in this outbreak is a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 (STEC O121), which is similar to E. coli O157:H7.
It can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. It can sometimes result in severe, life-threatening illness.
The recalled product list continues to expand and now includes several varieties of frozen snacks and mini-meal products.
The full list of the products currently covered by the recall is on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website; more info is on the Food Safety Program website.