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Frozen pizza recall expanded due to E. coli concerns

Posted on: 9:58 am, April 5, 2013, by , updated on: 10:20am, April 5, 2013

Rich Products announced it has expanded a frozen pizza recall over E. coli concerns in its pizza and frozen products.

The frozen pizza recall includes 10 million pounds of frozen pizza products, Rich Products Corporation confirmed.

The company believes the food may have been contaminated with E. coli O121, scientifically referred to as Escherichia coli O121 bacteria.

The previously announced recall has been expanded to include all products produced at its Waycross, Georgia plant with “Best By” dates ranging from January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014 due to possible contamination with Escherichia coli O121 bacteria (“E. coli O121”).

According to the company, the CDC has reported 24 cases of E. coli 0121 in 15 states.  Symptoms of the illness include mild to severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps.  Blood is often seen in the stool.  Usually little or no fever is present.  Although most healthy adults can recover completely within 5-10 days, certain individuals can develop a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) which can cause the kidneys to fail. HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly.  The condition could lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

While Rich Products is unaware of any illnesses associated with the products included in the expanded recall, its unwavering safety commitment to its customers caused it to take this action.

“When it became apparent to us that, despite the expertise of the USDA, the FDA, the scientific community and our own experts, identification of a specific cause was not going to be a simple or short process, we decided to act proactively to expand the recall,” said Bill Gisel, Rich’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Gisel added that Rich’s will continue to cooperate fully with federal, state and local agencies investigating this situation.

Specific product information is as follows:

Foodservice Products

The production date range for these products is: Julian Dates 15821182 to 15823088.

Product Code Product Description Julian Dates UPC Code
65232 Farm Rich Whole Grain Rich Pepperoni Pizzata 10/2.5lb 15821182-15823088 10041322652321
65233 Farm Rich 1 oz. Better For You Pizza Dipper 5/5lb. 15821182-15823088 10041322652338
65234 Farm Rich Turkey Pizzata 9/3lb. 15821182-15823088 00041322652348
65265 Farm Rich 2 oz. Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers 2 oz.10/2.7lb. 15821182-15823088 10041322652659
65268 Farm Rich 1 oz. Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers 1/25lb. 15821182-15823088 10041322652680
65278 Farm Rich 2 oz. Better For You Pizza Dipper 2oz. 10/2.7lb. 15821182-15823088 00041322652782
65282 Pepperoni Pizzata 1/24.75lb. 15821182-15823088 00041322652829
65292 Farm Rich Handheld Stuffed Pepperoni Pleezer 10/2.57lb. 15821182-15823088 10041322652925
65302 BBQ Chicken Sandwich Melt 10/2.5lb. 15821182-15823088 00041322653024
65303 Meatball Marinara Sandwich Melt 10/2.5lb 15821182-15823088 00041322653031

Consumer Brands Products

Product Code Product Description Julian Dates UPC Code Case Code Best By Date
32521 Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites44 oz. cartons 15821182 – 15823088 0 41322 32521 1 1 00 41322 32521 8 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
32522 Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites44oz. cartons 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 32521 1 1 00 41322 32522 5 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
 36450  Farm Rich  Mozzarella Bites 22 oz bags  15821182- 15823088  0 41322 37813 2  1 00 41322 36450 7  Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
36633 Farm Rich Pizza Slices22 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35603 1 1 00 41322 36633 4 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
36450 Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites22 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 37433 1 1 00 41322 36450 7 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
37455 Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites2 lb. cartons 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 37455 4 1 00 41322 37455 1 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
35611 Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas20 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35611 6 1 00 41322 35611 3 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
35618 Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks21 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35618 5 1 00 41322 35618 2 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
35622 Farm Rich Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers21 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35622 2 1 00 41322 35622 9 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
35631 Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas18 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35611 6 1 00 41322 35631 1 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
35633 Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices22 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35603 1 1 00 41322 35633 5 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
37433 Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites22 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 37813 2 1 00 41322 37433 9 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
55312 Schwan’s Mini Meatball Sandwiches1 lb. bags 3G1182XXXX – 3G3088XXXX 0 72180 55312 6 1 00 72180 55312 3 N/A
61008 Schwan’s Baked Mozzarella Bites22 oz. bags 3G1182XXXX – 3G3088XXXX 0 72180 61008 9 1 00 72180 61008 6 N/A
35635 Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas18 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35635 2 1 00 41322 35635 9 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
35643 Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices22 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35643 7 1 00 41322 35643 4 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
37690 Farm  Rich Mini Pizza Slices7.2 oz. cartons 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 37690 9 1 00 41322 37690 6 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
35634 Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks21 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 35634 5 1 00 41322 35634 2 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
37443 Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites22 oz. bags 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 37443 1 1 00 41322 37443 8 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
37691 Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites7 oz. cartons 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 37691 6 1 00 41322 37691 3 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014
80435 Market Day Mozzarella Bites22 oz. cartons 15821182- 15823088 0 41322 80435 8 1 00 41322 80435 5 Jan. 1, 2013 –Sept. 29, 2014

The products were distributed nationwide to Retail Stores and select Foodservice Distribution Customers.

Rich’s has already notified all of its distributors and customers who have received the product in question, and has directed them to remove and destroy the affected product. All other affected product under Rich’s control has been quarantined and will be destroyed.  Rich’s has previously filed with the Reportable Food Registry, ICSR #1029392.  A new Reportable Food Registry filing has been made, ICSR # 1029453 and is linked to the original report.

Customers who have purchased these products and have any questions should contact Consumer Relations at 1-888-220-5955 24 hours, 7-days per week, or visit our website at farmrich.com.