Rich Products Corporation is expands recall to 10.5M pounds of frozen food over E. Coli concern
WCPO Digital Staff
10:22 PM, Apr 4, 2013
3:48 AM, Apr 5, 2013
WASHINGTON – Rich Products Corporation is expanding its recall to more than 10.5 million pounds of heat treated, not fully cooked foods because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.
The expanded recall covers all products produced at the company's Waycross, Ga. plant with "Best by" dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 29, 2014.
The following products are included in the expanded recall:
21-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini bacon cheeseburgers, UPC code 0 41322 35622 2
1-lb. bags of Schwan's mini meatball sandwiches, UPC code 0 72180 55312 6
18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35611 6, case code 1 00 41322 35631 1
18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35635 2, case code 1 00 41322 35635 9
20-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35611 6, case code 1 00 41322 35611 3
7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322376909
22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322356437
18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356352
21-oz. bags of Farm Rich philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef & onions in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356345
Each product package above contains the establishment number "EST. 27232" or "P-27233" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
In addition, the following products, which fall under FDA jurisdiction, were also recalled March 28. These products are also considered potentially adulterated and should be properly discarded or destroyed.
22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322374431
7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322376916
22-oz. bags of Market Day Mozzarella Bites, UPC code 041322804358
The products subject to recall were produced between July 1, 2011 and March 29, 2013 then distributed for retail or restaurant sale nationwide.
FSIS says it was notified of a multistate investigation of E. coli O121 illnesses on March 19, 2013. A sample of a Farm Rich frozen chicken mini quesadilla product from a New York case tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O121. Additionally, a sample of leftover Farm Rich mini pepperoni pizza slices product from a Texas case tested positive for the same strain, confirmed by FSIS lab technicians.
As of Thursday evening, the outbreak includes 24 cases in 15 states that led to seven hospitalizations and one case of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure.
Ten cases in Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia report consuming Farm Rich products. FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners on this investigation, including the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Infection with E. coli O121 can result in dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days (three to four days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop HUS. This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5 and older adults.
Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth and decreased urination. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company's consumer line at (888) 220-5955 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit the company website at http://www.farmrich.com.