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Pennsylvania among states with defective product food recall

Readers in Pennsylvania are likely familiar with the virus E coli. The symptoms of an infection include diarrhea, vomiting and fever. In addition, those who are young, old or have weakened immune systems can become severely ill when infected with E coli. In some cases, they can even die. The threat of this viral infection is typically a concern when a consumer item of this nature is recalled for being a defective product.

A defective product recall was recently issued for products manufactured by Rich Products. Initially, the recall only affected 15 states, but it was recently expanded to cover all areas, including Pennsylvania. The recall affects all items manufactured in one of the plants of Rich Products.

The E coli outbreak began when a person in another state consumed frozen chicken quesadillas made by Rich Products. Soon after, another 23 cases of the virus were reported by people consuming the foods. After the reports, the company agreed to a recall of its products, including foods with the Farm Rich label.

If a person in Pennsylvania believes that they own some of the items that are subject to the defective product recall, they should stop using them immediately. In addition, they should monitor themselves and others for signs of an E coli related illness. Medical care may be necessary for those infected with the virus. It may also be a good idea to complete medical records about their use of the recalled items in the event it becomes necessary to make a claim for monetary damages against the manufacturer of the food items under Pennsylvania's products liability laws.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Rich Products expands recall for E. Coli contamination," Monte Morin, April 4, 2013

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