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CDC: 24 E. coli illnesses linked to frozen foods

Farm Rich
Posted at 5:45 AM, Apr 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-01 02:04:38-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say at least 24 people have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children.

No one has died, but eight people, mostly kids or teens, were hospitalized.

An investigation detected E. coli in an open package of Farm Rich brand frozen chicken quesadillas at an ill person's home.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported illnesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The Buffalo, N.Y.-based Rich Products Corp. has recalled quesadillas, mozzarella bites and other frozen products made in November.

Specific product information is as follows:

Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas are packaged in 18 oz. bags. The product code is 35635, the production date is November 14, 2012 with a Julian Date of 15822319. The UPC Code is 041322356352 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 14, 2014.

Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices are packaged in 22 oz. bags. The product code is 35643, the production date is November 15, 2012 with a Julian Date of 15822320 and November 16, 2012 with a Julian Date 1582 2321. The UPC Code is 041322356437 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 15 or May 16, 2014.

The Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices are also packaged in a 7.2 oz. carton. The product code is 37690, the production date is also November 15, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2320 and November 16, 2012 with a Julian Date 1582 2321. The UPC Code is 041322376909 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 15 or May 16, 2014.

Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks are packaged in 21 oz. bags. The product code is 35634, the production date is November 13, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2318. The UPC Code is 041322356345 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 13, 2014.

Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites are packaged in 22 oz. bags. The product code is 37443, the production date is November 19, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2324. The UPC Code is 041322374431 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 19, 2014.

Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites are packaged in a 7 oz. carton. The product code is 37691, the production date is November 19, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2324. The UPC Code is 041322376916 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 19, 2014.

Market Day Mozzarella Bites are packaged in a 22 oz. carton. The product code is 80435, the production date is November 12, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2317. The UPC Code is 041322804358 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 12, 2014.

For more information, view the FDA's website or the Farm Rich Website.