CDC issused the final update on this outbreak.
A total of 35 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) were reported from 19 states.
- 82% of ill persons were 21 years of age or younger.
- 31% of ill persons were hospitalized. Two ill persons developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, and no deaths were reported.
UPDATE April 4, 2013
Rich Foods expanded the recall of various heat treated, not fully cooked frozen food items. The recall will encompass what appears to be 10 months of production.
Rich Foods is recalling close to 200,000 lbs of frozen chicken quesadilla and other frozen products due to a potential link to an outbreak of E.coli O121. In this outbreak, at least 24 people in 15 states have become ill. Product did test positive for the strain, per NY Department of Health. According to CDC, 78% of those ill are 21 years old or less. 33% are hospitalized, and 1 has HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome).
This product does have validated cooking instructions (bottom of page), so this product would not be considered a fully cooked product. However the company is recalling product.
The responsible E. coli strain, O121, produces a shiga toxin like the O157:H7 strain that is associated with ground meat, so infection with this organism can result in bloody diarrhea as well as kidney damage.
USDA Recall Notice
New York Firm Recalls Frozen Mini Quesadilla, Pizza, Cheese Steak and Other Snack Products Due To Possible E. Coli O121 Contamination
CLASS I RECALL
HEALTH RISK: HIGH
WASHINGTON, March 28, 2013 – Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, NY firm, is recalling approximately 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The following products are subject to FSIS recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]