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Frozen Pizza, Other Snacks Recalled Due to Possible Contamination

A recall of frozen pizza from a New York-based company due to possible E. coli bacteria has been expanded to include several other products manufactured by the company, according to a press release issued Monday by the Virgin Islands Department of Health.
Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, New York, which previously announced a voluntary recall of certain Farm Rich and Market Day products, has expanded the recall to include all products produced at its Waycross, Georgia, plant with “Best By” dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 29, 2014. The production date range for these products is: Julian Dates 15821182 to 15823088.
Symptoms of E. coli can include stomach cramps, vomiting and mild to severe diarrhea. People typically are ill for two to five days but can develop complications including kidney failure. According to the Center for Disease Control, E. coli can cause serious food-borne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it.
In addition to the recall of frozen pizza, Farm Rich has also voluntarily recalled Mozzarella BitesMini Quesadillas, Philly Cheese Steaks, Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers and a variety of other frozen food products, according to a statement released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett said that as is customary, officers with the Environmental Health Division will visit grocery stores and food distribution companies, and will remove any of the recalled items found.
“We also urge residents to immediately destroy any of the recalled items that may possibly be in their possession,” she said.
The FDA noted that the Rich products were distributed nationwide to “retail stores and select foodservice distribution customers” and that while the company is unaware of any illnesses associated with the products included in the expanded recall, its unwavering safety commitment to its customers caused it to voluntarily recall a variety of products.
The FDA has said the corporation has already notified all of its distributors and customers who have received the products in question, and has directed them to remove and destroy the affected products.
According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 cases of E. coli bacteria have been confirmed in 15 states.
Consumers who have purchased any of the products recalled and have questions should contact Consumer Relations at 1-888-220-5955 24 hours, 7-days per week, or visit the company’s Web site at www.farmrich.com.

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