BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Tonawanda family says a teenager fell victim not once, but twice to E. coli contaminated food, made by Buffalo-based Rich Products.
The family of Rob Ormsby says the 19-year-old was exposed to the potentially fatal bacteria found in food that has now been pulled from stores everywhere. Rich Products has expanded the recall to 10-million pounds of frozen pizza, sandwiches, and other snacks due to a possible link to E. coli contamination.
Tammy Ormsby said, "He started to feel okay, and then about a week later, he started vomiting violently, and that's not Rob."
Rob Ormsby has been hospitalized at the V.A. Hospital in Buffalo. His extreme illness, diagnosed as E. coli poisoning, is being blamed on the Farm Rich "Mini Pizza Bites", which Rich Products has recalled. But the Ormsbys now believe Rob was sickened even before this incident by another of the recalled items: the frozen chicken quesadillas.
Ormsby family attorney Jed Dietrich said, "We have now realized that Robert was not only exposed to the Farm Rich 'Mini Pizza' product, but he was also exposed to the Farm Rich 'Chicken Quesadilla' product."
Dietrich says Rob, who just turned 19 over the weekend, remains in serious condition at the V.A. Hospital.
"As a result of his exposure to the E. coli, he has required blood transfusions. He has also had a real problem with his kidneys, and he has required dialysis on a routine basis," Dietrich said.
Since the initial recall of nearly 100 tons of Farm Rich and Market Day frozen snacks on March 28, Rich Products has expanded its recall to include all the food and frozen snacks made at the company's plant in Waycross, Georgia. An investigation is underway.
Rich Products spokesman Dwight Gram said, "We have just completed a comprehensive review of that facility, in conjunction with the FDA, and we have not found any issue related to product safety."
Gram says the probe includes a look at Rich's supply chain to identify the source of the E. coli contamination.
"We are going to continue to investigate that facility, and also investigate the possibility of contamination outside the facility, which would include raw ingredients," Gram said.
Dietrich says though Rob remains in serious conditions, he has been removed from the I.C.U.
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