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Walmart stores sell the Farm Rich Products recalled by the USDA due to possible E. Coli O121 contamination
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 4:30 am In News | No Comments
Washington, D.C. – Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, NY 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, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday.
These products are sold by Walmart Stores Nationwide. While no cases resulting from ingesting the contaminated products have yet occurred in Tennessee, there have been reports from surrounding states. The USDA rates this as a Class I recall which is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Consumers who purchased these Farm Rich Products are advised to closely check to ensure they are not the same ones affected by the recall.
The following products are subject to FSIS recall: [View Labels  (PDF Only)]
Each product package above contains the establishment number “EST. 27232” or “P-27233” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
In addition, the following products, which fall under FDA  jurisdiction, are also being recalled. FSIS is issuing this news release to make the public aware that these products are also considered potentially adulterated and should be properly discarded or destroyed.
The products subject to recall were produced between Nov. 12, 2012 and Nov. 19, 2012 then distributed for retail sale nationwide. FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may be present in household freezers.
Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O26, O103, O45, O111, O121 or O145 because it is harder to identify. Infection with E. coli O121 can result in dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called HUS, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. Symptoms of HUS may include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, decreased urination, and swelling. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s consumer line at 888.220.5955 from 8:00am to 8:00pm EST Monday through Friday or visit the company website at www.farmrich.com . Media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s vice president of communications, Dwight Gram, at 716.878.8749.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov  or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov . “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1.888.MPHotline (1.888.674.6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10:00am to 4:00pm (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
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