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article imageFarm Rich frozen foods recall expanded due to E. coli risk

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 4, 2013 in Food
Rich Products Corporation is expanding on an earlier recall of some of its products due to risk of E. coli. It is an extensive expansion and includes products produced at a Georgia-based facility.
Rich Products Corporation, based in Buffalo, N.Y., had issued a voluntary recall last week for several of its frozen food products due to concerns over a potential E. coli risk.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a release today that the March 28 food recall is now being expanded.
The expanded food recall now includes all products produced at its plant located in Waycross, Georgia. The expansion of the recall of frozen food items is also voluntary.
"Best By" dates on the packaging of certain Rich Products items ranges from January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014. The production date range of products affected is: Julian Dates 15821182 to 15823088.
The FDA noted in its release 24 cases of E. coli 0121 have been found in 15 states. At this time no illnesses have been associated with the additional products being recalled, it appears the company is being cautious.
“When it became apparent to us that, despite the expertise of the USDA, the FDA, 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,” said Bill Gisel, Rich’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Gisel said the company will cooperate with federal, state and local agencies as this situation is investigated.
All of the recalled products were distributed in the United States to retailers and foodservice distributors. Those companies have reportedly been notified.
For a full list and description of the recalled products, please visit the FDA website. The list of products affected is lengthy.
It was emphasized in the FDA news release that not all Farm Rich Products are being recalled, just the ones produced at the Waycross facility.
Consumers with concerns or questions are being directed to call Rich Products at its Consumer Relations line at 1-888-220-5955 24 hours, 7-days per week. Another option is to visit farmrich.com.
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