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100 Tons of Chicken Quesadillas Recalled due to E. coli O121 – New York – Georgia Connection

Twenty-four people in 15 states have become ill.  The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Michigan (2), Mississippi (1), New York (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (1), South Dakota (1), Texas (3), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (2).

Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, New York firm, is recalling approximately 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121.

According to Samantha Maziarz Christmann of the Buffalo News, the quesadilla that tested positive for E. coli O121 originated at a Rich manufacturing facility in Waycross, Georgia.

The affected Mini Quesadillas have a product code of 35635 and a “Best by” date of May 14, 2014. The other recalled items include Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices, Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks, Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites and Market Day Mozzarella Bites.

The following products are subject to 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.

According to Beth Weise of USA Today, the company said, “Each of our product packages contain cooking instructions on the back of the packaging that, if followed, will effectively destroy any E. coli bacteria.  These preparation instructions have been validated following the Grocery Manufacturers Association industry protocol to ensure food safety.”  Also according to Ms. Weise, food safety experts said consumers shouldn’t have to presume the food is contaminated. “These are frozen products that need to be cooked, but they should not have E. coli in them, because most of the ingredients should have been processed beforehand,” said Douglas Powell, a former professor of food safety at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

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