Rich Products Corporation Recalls Frozen Mini Quesadilla, Pizza, Cheese
Steak and Other Products Due to Possible E. Coli O121 Contamination
Concord, NH - Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, NY firm, is recalling
approximately 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other
frozen mini meals and snack items because they may be contaminated with E.
coli O121. A total of 24 persons infected with the outbreak strain of E.
coli O121 have been reported from 15 states. Although the product was
distributed in New Hampshire, no cases of E. coli O121 linked to this
outbreak have been identified in New Hampshire.
The following products are subject to the recall-
7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni
and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322376909 with a best by date
of May 15 or May 16, 2014.
22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni
and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322356437 with a best by date
of May 15 or May 16, 2014.
18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white
meat chicken in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356352 with a best by
date of May 14, 2014.
21-oz. bags of Farm Rich philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef &
onions in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356345 with a best by date
of May 13, 2014.
22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style
crust, UPC code 041322374431 with a best by date of May 19, 2014.
7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style
crust, UPC code 041322376916 with a best by date of May 19, 2014.
22-oz. bags of Market Day Mozzarella Bites, UPC code 041322804358
with a best by date of May 12, 2014.
The products subject to recall were produced between Nov. 12, 2012 and Nov.
19, 2012 then distributed for retail sale nationwide. Products involved in
the recall should be discarded or returned to the original point of
purchase for a full refund or replacement.
“Due to the long shelf life of these products, it is important for
consumers to check their freezers for the recalled product,” said Dr. José
Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS.
Infection with E. coli O121 can result in dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and
abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the
organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of
kidney failure called HUS, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. This condition can
occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5 years
of age and older adults. Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain,
pale skin tone, fatigue, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the
nose and mouth, decreased urination, and swelling. Persons who experience
these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact Rich Products
Corporation's consumer line at (888) 220-5955 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST
Monday through Friday or visit the company website at www.farmrich.com. For
more information about the recall, go to