Recall of Frozen Food Over E. Coli Outbreak Expanded

Farm Rich frozen quesadillas, mozzarella bites and other products recalled

By Mike Stobbe
|  Thursday, Apr 4, 2013  |  Updated 9:07 PM CDT
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Frozen Food Recall Expands

Rich Products Corp. has recalled quesadillas, mozzarella bites and other frozen products made in November.

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The maker of frozen snack foods marketed to children that have been linked to an outbreak of E. coli infections has expanded its voluntary recall.

Health officials say at least 24 people have become sick. No one has died, but eight people, mostly kids or teens, were hospitalized.

An investigation detected E. coli in an open package of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas at an ill person's home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week reported illnesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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The Buffalo, N.Y.-based Rich Products Corp. last week recalled quesadillas, mozzarella bites, mini pizza slices and philly cheese steaks made in November.

On Thursday, the company expanded the recall to include all products produced at its Waycross, Ga., plant with "best buy" dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013, to Sept. 29, 2014.

Rich Products said it is not aware of any illnesses associated with the products in the expanded recall but decided to expand the recall because identification of the specific cause of the E. coli contamination would not be a simple or short process, according to a statement in a CDC press release about the recall.

The newly recalled products include:

  • All sizes of Farm Rich philly cheese steaks
  • All sizes of Farm Rich mini quesadillas
  • All sizes of Farm Rich mini pizza slices
  • All sizes of Farm Rich mozzarella bites
  • All sizes of Farm Rich mini bacon cheeseburgers

A list of the recalled products, including product and unit codes, can be found on the company's website.

The recall does not include Farm Rich products made at other facilities.

People with questions about the recall should contact the Rich Products' 24-hour consumer line at 888-220-5955 or visit the company's website.

More: CDC release

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