BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 29, 2013)--Health officials say at least 24 people have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children and eight, mostly children or teenagers, were hospitalized.
An investigation detected E. coli in an open package of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas at an ill person's home.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported illnesses in Texas as well as in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Rich Products Corp. has launched a voluntary recall of its Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas and other Farm Rich products because of possible E. coli contamination.
The recall also includes the Buffalo, N.Y.-based company's Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices, Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks, Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites and Market Day Mozzarella Bites produced from Nov. 12 through Nov. 19.
The Farm Rich products were distributed in retail stores nationwide.
The company says it's working with the Food Safety Inspection Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify the possible contamination source.
Health officials say symptoms of E. coli infection could occur as much as 10 days after exposure and can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.
Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1-888-220-5955.