E. Coli Fears Prompt Massive Frozen Food Recall: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Comments

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning consumers about a New York-based company's frozen meals and snacks, which may be tainted with E. coli bacteria. According to a March 29 CNN report, 24 cases of E. coli O121 have been reported across 15 states, with at least one linked to the consumption of Farm Rich brand frozen food.

People who are infected by this strain of E. coli usually get sick within three to four days of consuming the contaminated food.

New York-based Farm Rich has recalled 196,222 pounds of frozen meals and snacks over fears of E. coli contamination. According to a March 29 CNN news report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that at least 24 cases of E. coli O121 have been reported across 15 states including New York with at least one linked to the consumption of Farm Rich products. The report states that one-third of those who were sickened were hospitalized, but no deaths were recorded. About 78 percent of those who were sickened are under the age of 22, the report states.

Among the products recalled were Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas, Philly Cheese Steaks, Mini Pizza Slices and Mozzarella Bites produced between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, CNN reports. Inspectors with the New York State Department of Health identified the strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in an open package of frozen chicken quesadillas from an ill person's home, the report said.

According to the CDC's website, people who are infected by this strain of E. coli usually get sick within three to four days of consuming the contaminated food. Common symptoms include bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps and most people tend to recover within a week. CDC warns that some illnesses could last longer and result in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS. Symptoms of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, the alert states.

Anyone who is experiencing these types of symptoms would be well advised to seek medical attention right away, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Food poisoning should not be taken lightly. Any bacterial infection can have potentially serious consequences. It is important to get treated quickly before complications develop."

Food producers have a legal responsibility to manufacture products that are safe for consumers, Wilhelm said. "Individuals who suffer illnesses and injuries as the result of a defective food product have legal rights. It would be in their best interests to preserve any remaining portion of the food as well as its packaging, so it can be tested in a laboratory for possible contaminants. It is also a good idea to report their illness to the local health department."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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