E. Coli Outbreak Sickens 24

An E. coli outbreak linked to frozen food company Farm Rich has sickened more than 20 people in 15 states, prompting a nationwide recall.
E. coli refers to a broad strain of bacterium that can infect and sicken human beings. Typically found in contaminated food and unwashed vegetables, the bacterium can cause a wide array of symptoms. While people sickened by E. coli rarely die, symptoms can cause serious complications for people with weakened immune symptoms.
The strain discovered in the recent outbreak is O121, a little known strain that can cause intestinal bleeding and, if untreated, can lead to kidney failure.
After outbreaks in 15 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin, officials traced the illness back to Farm Rich brand frozen chicken enchiladas. More than 196,000 pounds of potentially tainted food have been recalled by Farm Rich officials, who have pledged to trace back the contamination.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer