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April 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Frozen food E. coli outbreak sickens Pierce County woman

Several frozen food products have been recalled after an E. coli outbreak has sickened 27 people in 15 states, including a Pierce County woman in her 20s.

The Washington State Department of Health says potentially contaminated products from brands Farm Rich, Market Day and Schwan’s have been distributed throughout the state. The United States Department of Agriculture posted a full list of products tied to the contamination on its website.

“E. coli can be very serious. We’re asking people to look at the recall list, check their freezers carefully, and throw out any of these products that they find,” said Dave Gifford, the state’s food safety program manager in a statement.

The E. coli strain involved in the outbreak is called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 (STEC O121), which is similar to E. coli O157:H7. It can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and can sometimes be deadly.

Comments | More in Health | Topics: E. coli, Pierce County, Washington State Department of Health


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