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Pierce County Washington Linked to E. coli O121 Outbreak

King 5 News reports that the state Department of Health is warning people that several types of frozen products widely distributed in Washington – Farm Rich, Market Day, and Schwan’s brands – have been recalled due to possible E.coli contamination.

The recalls are related to a national E. coli outbreak has sickened 27 people from 15 states, including a Pierce County woman in her 20s.

“The foods in this recall were sent to stores throughout our state,” said Dave Gifford, Food Safety program manager. “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.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture website has the full detailed list of the recalled frozen products.

The type of E. coli in this outbreak is a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 (STEC O121). It can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting, and can sometimes result in severe, life-threatening illness.