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Farm Rich, Market Day frozen meal, snack items recalled over E. coli risk

8:59 PM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (KSDK) - Rich Products Corporation has recalled 196,222 pounds of heat treated, not fully-cooked meal and snack items because they may be contaminated with E. coli.

The announcement was made Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The following items have been recalled:

- 7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322376909 with a best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014.

- 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322356437 with a best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014.

- 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356352 with a best by date of May 14, 2014.

- 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich Philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef & onions in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356345 with a best by date of May 13, 2014.

The following products fall under FDA jurisdiction and are also being recalled:

- 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322374431 with a best by date of May 19, 2014.

- 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322376916 with a best by date of May 19, 2014.

- 22-oz. bags of Market Day Mozzarella Bites, UPC code 041322804358 with a best by date of May 12, 2014.

Each product has the establishment number "EST. 27232" or "P-27232" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were produced between Nov. 12, 2012 and Nov. 19, 2012, and were distributed nationwide. Some of the products are sold in St. Louis.

As of Thursday, 24 people in 15 states have fallen ill. Eight of those said they ate Farm Rich products.

A multi-state investigation of E. coli O121 illnesses was launched, and the FSIS was notified on March 19.

A sample of Farm Rich frozen chicken mini quesadillas from a New York case tested positive for the E. coli strain O121.

When the retail distribution list is available, it will be posted to the FSIS website.

The FSIS is working with federal and state health partners, including the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anyone with questions about the recall should call the company's consumer line at 888-220-5955 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Questions can also be submitted through the Farm Rich website.

Consumers with questions regarding food safety can "Ask Karen," a service provided by the FSIS. The service is available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov. Users can speak with a representative Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. EDT at 1-888-MPHOTLINE (1-888-674-6854).

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