About 10 million pounds of snack foods including frozen pizzas, mozzarella bites, Philly cheese steaks, and others have been recalled after reports of an E. coli outbreak. Two dozen people in 15 states have become ill after eating the snacks, according to the FDA.
Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, New York, is pulling all products produced at a Georgia plant. The recalled products are stamped with "best by" dates from January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014, reports NBC News.
It's believed 3 million pounds of recalled products are still in the marketplace.
So far, the E. coli outbreak has led to seven people being hospitalized. It's believed that these individuals ate certain food such as Farm Rich and Market Day frozen chicken quesadillas, pizza slices, and other snack foods. Many others have been made ill by the products without knowing it.
The massive recall expands an earlier recall issued last week, involving just 196,222 pounds of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas and other frozen mini meals and snack items.
The recalled food generally carried the Farm Rich brand. However, some items were also branded as Schwan's and Market Day. You can see a full list of the recalled products here.
E. coli can cause severe illness in humans, including bloody diarrhea, kidney failure and even death, reports NBC News. Children and the elderly are most susceptible. Typically, E. coli outbreaks have been associated with ground beef; however, as seen here, the bacteria can be associated with other foods as well.
If you or someone you know has been injured by eating the tainted food, you may have a product liability claim against Rich Products. Food-poisoning victims generally have to prove that the manufacturer was negligent or careless in creating the food product, and may also have to enlist the help of experts to testify in court. An experienced products liability attorney can help figure out the best way to handle your claim.
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