Rich Products Recalls 21 Frozen Food Meals
Rich Products Corporation of New York has issued a voluntary recall for their frozen meal products due to possible E. coli contamination. The recall was first announced on March 28, 2013. An expanded list of additional items included in this recall was released again on April 4th bringing the total number of affected items to twenty-one.
The recall affects three brands of frozen food products distributed by Rich Products. Brands affected by the recall include Farm Rich Products, Schwan’s, and Market Day products. A total of 10 million pounds of food items like mini burgers, pizzas, quesadillas, and other items have been recalled. The products are partially baked, snack items that consumers bake or microwave at home. A complete list of all the items and their UPC codes is available on the FDA’s website and here.
Farm Rich Products, Schwan’s, and Market Day food products were distributed and sold nationwide. In addition to distributing to retail markets, Rich Products also distributed the products to select school districts, who served the meals as school lunches. No injuries have been reported but the recalled items have been linked to twenty-four E.Coli outbreaks in fifteen states. E. coli contamination can cause symptoms like mild to severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In severe cases, certain individuals can develop a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) which can cause the kidneys to fail. The company has already notified all of its distributors and customers about the recall and has directed them to remove and destroy the affected product.
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