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Frozen Chicken Products Recalled over E.Coli Alert

02 April 2013

US - A New York firm is recalling approximately 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121.

The products subject to recall were produced by Rich Products Corporation from Buffalo, between 12 and 19 November last year then distributed for retail sale nationwide.

The Food Safety and Inspection Services and the company are concerned that some product may be present in household freezers.

FSIS was notified of a multistate investigation of E. coli O121 illnesses on 19 March this year.

Food samples were collected from an ill individual in New York as part of this investigation, and tested by the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Laboratory. At present, the cluster includes 24 cases in 15 states.

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.

Eight 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 and Markets, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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