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New Yorkers sick with E. coli after eating frozen foods

After the New York State Department of Health found Shiga toxin-producing E.coli bacteria in an opened package of frozen food, the manufacturer of many different types of frozen meals has recalled nearly 200,000 pounds of food. It is not just in New York that this potentially fatal strain of food poisoning has shown up, either. There have been 24 reported cases of E. coli in 15 different states.

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli can be fatal and those people who are especially prone to illness are the very young and the elderly. Of those reported cases whom have been linked to the Farm Rich frozen meals and snacks, 78 percent were under the age of 22. It is unclear at this point how many people were seriously sickened by the food, but it is unlikely that the number of food-borne related illnesses have stopped in New York and across the country.

Although the company has issued a recall, not everyone will know that the food has been recalled and some may not realize why. This, of course, can lead to continued exposure to dangerous food products, illness or possibly death. If left unchecked, the bacteria can shut down a person's kidneys, leaving him or her in need of dialysis and a kidney transplant. In more moderate cases, the bacteria can cause dehydration and gastric distress. Regardless of the level of illness, if someone is injured by the frozen food, he or she may be able to sue for compensation.

It is not yet known if the sickened New Yorker whose food led to the discovery of the E. coli bacteria has filed a product liability lawsuit, but he or she could likely speak to a dangerous product lawyer to learn more about his or her legal options.

Source: CNN, "196,222 pounds of frozen food recalled on fears of E. coli," March 29, 2013

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