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Frozen Meal Recall Expanded over E.coli Fears

08 April 2013

US - A New York company is expanding its recall of various heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items to more than 10.5 million pounds because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121.

The expanded recall covers all products produced at the Rich Products' Waycross, Georgia plant with "Best by" dates ranging from 1 January 2013 to 29 September 2014.

The original recall was made on 28 March over products subject to recall were produced between 1 July 2011 and 29 March 2013 then distribute for retail or restaurant sale nationwide.

The US Food Saftey and Inspection Service together with teh company was 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.

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 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.

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.

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

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