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E. coli Contamination Prompts Massive Recall of Snack Foods

A New York snack food manufacturer has announced a massive recall of snack foods due to E. coli contaminations that has sickened at least 27 people in 15 states, hospitalizing three and causing kidney failure in two people. Rich Products Corp., owner and manufacturer of the Farm Rich and Market Day lines of snack foods, has recalled all foods manufactured at its Buffalo, NY, and Waycross, GA, plants with best by dates from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 29, 2014.

The recalled foods include frozen mini snacks such as pizza, mozzarella bites, quesadillas, meatball sandwiches, cheeseburgers, Philly cheese steaks and other foods sold under the Farm Rich and Market Day labels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began an investigation into the contaminated foods after people started developing food borne illnesses. One of their laboratories tested the food from an ill person’s home and found E. coli O121 in a sample of Farm Rich frozen chicken mini quesadillas. E. coli contamination was also found in Farm Rich and Market Day products in other states as well.

A complete list of the products involved in the recall includes these:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Better For You Pizza Dipper, UPC code 10041322652338
  • 5-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
  • 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
  • 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

The USDA advises anyone with questions about the recall to call the company at 888-220-5955 or visit its website at https://farmrich.com/.

Many of us fall victim to food borne illnesses every once in a while and suffer relatively mild symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and other symptoms. However, for the very young, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, a food borne illness, particularly E. coli contamination, can be very serious and lead to kidney failure and other potentially deadly health problems. If you have been sickened or otherwise injured by a defective product and would like to speak with an Orlando product liability lawyer, call James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587). Mr. Cunningham has been helping injured people get the compensation they deserve for nearly 40 years and has a proven record of success as an Orlando personal injury attorney. If you have questions about your rights and legal options, call him today to schedule your free consultation.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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