Thousands of Farm Rich Frozen Products Recalled Due to E. coli Contamination

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Rich Products Corporation has recalled 196,222 pounds of their Farm Rich frozen mini meal and snack items because of possible E. coli O121 contamination.

The nationwide recall comes after at least 24 cases of food poisoning across 15 states, including Pennsylvania. So far, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin have also reported illnesses.

A sample of a Farm Rich frozen chicken mini quesadillas tested positive for E. coli O121. Products included in this recall are:

  • 7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza
  • 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough
  • 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust
  • 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich Philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef & onions in a crispy crust
  • 22-oz. and 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust
  • 22-oz. bags of Market Day mozzarella Bites

More information on specific lot numbers for the recalled items can be found on the FSIS website.

E. coli O121 infection can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps that last three to four days on average. Most individuals recover from the symptoms after a week, but in some cases, people can develop Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is a type of kidney failure with symptoms that may include: fever; abdominal pain; pale skin tone; fatigue; small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth; decreased urination; and swelling. People suffering from these symptoms should seek immediate emergency care.

An investigation between the FSIS and federal and state public health partners is ongoing. In the meantime, consumers are encouraged to properly dispose of any potentially contaminated Farm Rich products.

Sources: "Farm Rich Recall: E. Coli Outbreak Spreads in 15 States; 24 Ill." Food World News. March 30 2013.
“Recall of Farm Rich Products Due to Possible Contamination.” ABC 40 News. March 29 2013.