Almost 10 million pounds of frozen pizzas, quesadillas and snacks have been recalled because of their risk of containing E. coli.
Rich Products Corporation recalled almost 3 million frozen foods in March 2013, after some of their products were found to be contaminated with E. coli (Escherichia coli) 0121 bacteria. They expanded the recall to about 10 million foods on Thursday, April 4, including all Farm Rich ® and Market Day ® products that they produce at a plant in Waycross, Georgia.
According to a Rich Products statement, the recalled foods have “Best By” dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 29, 2014.
So far, none of the products from the expanded recall are contaminated. According to a company statement, “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 action.”
The Center for Disease Control has found 24 cases across 15 states of E. coli 0121. They identified the outbreak strain from a package of a Farm Rich brand of frozen quesadillas.
Symptoms of E. coli can include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, blood in the stool and a fever. Though doctors expect most people infected with E. coli to make a full recovery within just a few days, the bacteria can lead to kidney failure.