ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Health Department says they are looking into four cases statewide of e.Coli sickness that may be connected to a recall of certain Farm Rich brand frozen food products. One of those cases is in Western New York.
18-year-old Rob Ormsby's family says he ate some of the recalled food and then became very sick. He was rushed to the emergency room at the VA hospital in Buffalo, where he remains in the intensive care unit.
So far, state health workers have not directly tied Ormsby's case to the Rich Products recall; one other case in the state has been connected to Rich's, according to the New York State Health Department. An investigation detected e.Coli in an open package of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas at an ill person's home.
Buffalo based Rich Products Corp. has recalled quesadillas, mozzarella bites, mini pizza slices and other frozen products made in November. In all, 196,222 lbs. of food has been recalled. Rich's says it was produced at its factory in Waycross, Ga. A Rich's spokesperson says the plant has not had any safety issues in the past.
The products were produced in 2012 between November 12th and 19th. Rich Products has much more on the recalled products on its Web site.
The C-D-C says there's been 25 cases of E-coli across 15 states. Most of the cases of sickness involved people under 22-years-old.