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Rich Products expands frozen snack recall

April 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM   |   Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 4 (UPI) -- Rich Products Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y., widened its recall of frozen mini meals and snacks that may be tainted with E.coli O121 to a total of 10.5 million pounds.

The voluntary recall includes all products made at its Waycross, Ga., plant with "Best By" dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013, to Sept. 29, 2014. The expanded recall is in addition to products recalled on March 28.

Rich Products said it was unaware of any illnesses associated with the partially cooked products included in the expanded recall, but its unwavering safety commitment to its customers caused it to act.

"When it became apparent to us that, despite the expertise of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the scientific community and our own experts, identification of a specific cause was not going to be a simple or short process, we decided to act proactively to expand the recall," Bill Gisel, Rich's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The expanded recall includes:

-- 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini bacon cheeseburgers.

-- 1-lb. bags of Schwan's mini meatball sandwiches.

-- 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas.

-- 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas.

-- 20-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas.

-- 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks.

Food service products --

-- 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. food service packs of BBQ Chicken Sandwich Melt.

-- 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. food service packs of Meatball Marinara Sandwich Melt.

-- 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. food service packs of Farm Rich Whole Grain Rich Pepperoni Pizzata.

-- 27-lb. cases containing 3-lb. food service packs of Farm Rich Turkey Pizzata.

-- 24.75-lb. food service packs of Pepperoni Pizzata.

-- 25.7-lb. cases of 2.57-lb. food service packs of Farm Rich Handheld Stuffed Pepperoni Pleezer.

Retail products:

-- 44-oz. cartons of Farm Rich in a pizzeria style crust.

-- 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust.

-- 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust.

-- 22-oz. bags of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust.

-- 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust.

-- 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust.

-- 2-lb. cartoons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust.

Food service products:

-- 5-lb. food service packs of Farm Rich Better For You Pizza Dipper.

-- 25-lb. food service packs of Farm Rich Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers.

-- 2.7-lb. food service packs of Farm Rich Stuffed Crust Pizza Dippers.

-- 2.7-lb. food service packs of Farm Rich Better For You Pizza Dipper.

The following products were subject to the recall issued March 28:

-- 7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough.

-- 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough.

-- 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust.

-- 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich Philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef & onions in a crispy crust.

The products subject to recall were produced from July 1, 2011 to March 29, 2013, and distributed for retail or restaurant sale nationwide. Health officials said consumers should check their freezers for the recalled items and destroy them or return them for a refund.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company's consumer line at 1-888-220-5955 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit the company website at www.farmrich.com.

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