More than 190,000 pounds of frozen food products distributed across the United States have been recalled because they may be contaminated with a strain of E. coli.
At least 24 people in 15 states have become ill from a strain E. coli that was also found in an open package of one of the food products, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, whose district includes part of Shelton.
“I urge consumers to check their freezer to make sure they do not have these products in their home,” DeLauro said. “This situation highlights the need to maintain our investments in our nation’s public health infrastructure.”
Sequestration impact on food inspections?
DeLauro is a senior member, and former chairman, of the U.S. House subcommittee responsible for funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The New Haven Democrat represents the Third District in Connecticut.
“The outbreak was identified because of the strong leadership of state and federal public health officials and a robust PulseNet,” DeLauro said. “Without adequate resources we are asking those same officials to protect us with one hand tied behind their back. We should not let the deeply harmful, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration result in less funding for their work.”
What is being recalled
Rich Products Corp. has recalled frozen mini quesadilla, pizza, cheese steak and other snack products due to possible E. coli contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The Buffalo, N.Y.-based firm is recalling about 196,000 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other heat-treated, not-fully-cooked frozen mini meals and snack items sold mostly under the Farm Rich brand name.
The following products are subject to FSIS 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 and onions in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356345, with a best by date of May 13, 2014.
Each product package above contains the establishment number “EST. 27232” or “P-27233” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Also being recalled
In addition, the following products, which fall under U.S. Food and Drug Administration jurisdiction, also are being recalled:
—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 from Nov. 12-19, 2012, then distributed for retail sale nationwide. Federal health officials are concerned that some products may be present in household freezers.