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.
On April 4, 2013, this recall included the following additional products as well:
The following products are subject to the FSIS recall issued March 28:
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.
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.