BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A WNY family says their teen-aged son may have been sickened by a frozen food now being recalled by Rich Products.
Rich Products is recalling several of its frozen food items because they could be contaminated by E. coli, and three cases have been reported in New York State. The Associated Press reports that health officials have found at least 24 cases nationwide, and eight of those sickened, mostly kids or teens, have been hospitalized.
Robert and Tammy Ormsby are keeping vigil by their son's bed at the V.A. Hospital in Buffalo. Doctors believe he has come down with some of the more rare, virulent symptoms of E. coli infection. The Ormsbys believe their son Rob was stricken well before Rich Products' nationwide recall.
The Ormsbys believe that Rob became gravely ill after eating mini-pizza slices made by Rich Products.
Robert said, "After three or four days we had to bring him to the V.A. emergency room. They gave him some antibiotics and they identified that he had the bacteria."
"He started to feel okay, then about a week later he started vomiting violently, and that's not Rob," Tammy said.
Rich Products is recalling nearly 100 tons of its frozen snacks marketed under its Farm Rich label after state health officials turned up E. coli bacteria in a package of mini quesadillas and notified federal authorities.
The recall involves seven of Rich's frozen snacks, which they have pulled from store shelves and are imploring any customers who have the recalled products in their freezers to get rid of them immediately.
VP of Corporate Communications for Rich Products Dwight Gram said, "So anytime a recall of any magnitude takes place we take it very seriously, and we're taking this one very seriously as well."
The Ormsbys had no idea the frozen mini-pizzas were possibly to blame for their son's illness until they saw it on the news.
"And then we saw the news broadcast last night and I just immediately... it's in my freezer. We went home and we checked and there was a half-eaten bag in our freezer because it was one of his favorite foods," Tammy said.
The Ormsbys agreed to talk to News 4 to get the word out: check your freezer. And if you have any of the recalled snacks, get rid of them.
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