A voluntary recall of Farm Rich products was announced late Thursday after the United States Department of Agriculture linked an E. coli infection in a New York state patient to consuming one of the company’s chicken quesadillas. The Buffalo, New York based company said that the affected items were produced November 12-19, 2012, so some of them could still be lurking in somebody’s freezer.
The products include Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas, Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks, Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices, and Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites. Their website provided a chart listing the UPC codes of the products that might be contaminated.
If you have any questions, Farm Rich has provided a toll free number 1-888-220-5955, which will operate during normal business hours. Don’t hold onto affected products or take them back to the grocery store. Instead, simply throw them away and contact Farm Rich directly for a refund or a coupon to replace them.
The US Department of Agriculture said that it notified the company of the link after a New York State Department of Health lab confirmed that a patient became ill from eating the chicken mini quesadillas. They have linked a total of eight cases in Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia to the possible consumption of the Farm Rich products now being recalled.
The USDA noted: “Each product package…contains the establishment number ‘EST. 27232’ or ‘P-27232’ inside the USDA mark of inspection.” Almost 200,000 pounds of products is being recalled.
While Farm Rich said that, if you cook the product properly, you won’t have a problem, you shouldn’t try. According to the USDA, this is a Class 1 recall — “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
In February, the USDA and Smithfield Packing Company recalled 38,000 pounds of sausage that might have been contaminated with tiny bits of plastic. A food safety battle is currently waging over the requirement to pasteurize milk, even though the sale of raw milk has been linked to E. coli illnesses.
If you have any questions for the USDA about food safety or the Farm Rich recall, you can contact their Food Safety and Inspection Service virtual assistant at AskKaren.gov.
[E. coli photo courtesy US Department of Agriculture via Wikipedia Commons]