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Rich Foods Recalls Snacks Over E.Coli Concerns

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Rich Products Corporation, is expanding its recall of various heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items.  The move brings the recall to more than 10.5 million pounds of frozen foods.  This expanded recall covers all products produced at the company's Waycross, Georgia plant with "Best by" dates ranging from January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has concerns the recalled products may have E. coli O121 contamination.   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports a total of 27 persons infected with E. coli O121 have been reported from 15 states.  Three of those cases have been reported in Ohio.

The USDA FSIS believes at least some of these products were shipped to Kroger stores in Ohio and West Virginia.  The products subject to recall were produced between July 1, 2011 and March 29, 2013,  then distributed for retail or restaurant sale nationwide. FSIS and Rich Products have concerns some of these products may be present in household freezers.

Both retail and foodservice products have been affected by the recall.   Each product package contains the establishment number "EST. 27232" or "P-27233" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Retail products--

  • 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini bacon cheeseburgers, UPC code 0 41322 35622 2
  • 1-lb. bags of Schwan's mini meatball sandwiches, UPC code 0 72180 55312 6
  • 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35611 6, case code 1 00 41322 35631 1
  • 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35635 2, case code 1 00 41322 35635 9
  • 20-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35611 6, case code 1 00 41322 35611 3
  • 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks, UPC code 0 41322 35618 5, case code 1 00 41322 35618 2


Foodservice products--

  • 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of BBQ Chicken Sandwich Melt, UPC code 00041322653024, Product code 65302
  • 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of Meatball Marinara Sandwich Melt, UPC code 00041322653031, Product 65303
  • 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Whole Grain Rich Pepperoni Pizzata, UPC code 10041322652321, Product code 65232
  • 27-lb. cases containing 3-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Turkey Pizzata, UPC code 00041322652348, Product code 65234
  • 24.75-lb. foodservice paks of Pepperoni Pizzata, UPC code 00041322652829 , Product code 65282
  • 25.7-lb. cases of 2.57-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Handheld Stuffed Pepperoni Pleezer, UPC code 10041322652925, Product code 65292

On April 4, 2013, this recall included the following additional products as well:

Retail products--

  • 44-oz. cartons of Farm Rich in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 41322 32521 1
  • 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 4132237813 2
  • 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 72180610008 9
  • 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 4132237443 1
  • 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 4132280435 5
  • 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 0 4132237691 3
  • 2-lb. cartoons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 04132237455 4


Foodservice products--

  • 5-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Better For You Pizza Dipper, UPC code 10041322652338
  • 25-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers, UPC code 10041322652680
  • 2.7-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers, UPC code 10041322652659
  • 2.7-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Better For You Pizza Dipper, UPC code 00041322652782


The following products are subject to the FSIS recall issued March 28:

  • 7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322376909
  • 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322356437
  • 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356352
  • 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef & onions in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356345


In addition, the following products, which fall under FDA jurisdiction, were also recalled March 28. FSIS wants to make the public aware these products are also considered potentially adulterated, and should be properly discarded or destroyed.

  • 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322374431
  • 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322376916
  • 22-oz. bags of Market Day Mozzarella Bites, UPC code 041322804358

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company's 24-hour consumer relations line toll-free at 1-888-220-5955, or visit the company website.