UPDATE: The recall has been expanded from 196,222 pounds to over 10.5 million pounds. A full listing of the affected products is available at the USDA's website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that 24 cases of E. coli O121 have been reported across 15 states, with at least one linked to the consumption of Farm Rich brand frozen meals and snacks. One third of the cases have required hospitalization and no deaths have occurred.
Illness related to this outbreak's strain have been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. 78% of those sickened are under the age of 22.
Rich Products Corporation recalled approximately 196,222 pounds of Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas, Philly Cheese Steaks, Mini Pizza Slices and Mozzarella Bites produced from November 12-19, 2012 after being informed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of potential contamination of these products.
The New York State Department of Health identified the strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC) in an open package of frozen chicken quesadillas from an ill person’s home. Some types of STEC cause severe disease, including bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and kidney failure.
The CDC is working with state officials to interview infected people about foods they had eaten prior to their illness. All 18 ill people officials spoke with reported consuming frozen food products; eight reported consuming Farm Rich brand frozen food products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are also currently conducting investigations to determine the source of outbreak.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company at 1-888-220-5955 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or via the website's contact form. Any affected product should be discarded, rather than returned to the grocery store, and Farm Rich will issue a refund or replacement.
Consumers with food safety question are encouraged to contact "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. 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 am to 4 pm ET Monday through Friday.
- Fast facts on E. coli
According to the FSIS, E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Symptoms can occur up to 10 days after exposure to the infected food.
The CDC reports that sickness from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli usually occurs 2-8 days after swallowing the organism. Symptoms of kidney failure related to STEC can include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth and decreased urination.
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"78% of people affected are under the age of 22". So any outbreak could be averted if young consumers would make certain to wash their hands after taking it out of the package & cook frozen snacks fully. And due to poor health practices by the consumer, a company gets bad publicity. 7 confirmed cases and approx 200k lbs of food. "I say, let 'em crash."
If I remember correctly, the quick kill temperature for e.coli is 155 and for salmonella is 165.
Take it up to 170 degree internal temperature, and always use a thermometer.
It would have to take some gross contamination (high bacteria count) to survive that. I'm not speaking about THIS situation in particular, just any situation.
I also never mess with questionable food. I learned 'when it doubt, throw it out' from my persnickety mother, and then the deal was sealed taking microbiology in my nursing program. I always respect the cooties: there is more of them than there is of us and they will always win if you're sloppy in your practices.
Heat, fire & radiation(microwave) do wonders when it comes to food! If it's still cool or cold inside, it's probably not done. This one isn't very hard.
Just one of God's little gems for population control.
They should send this to N Korea in place of money support..
Send it to North Korea. Kimmy will eat it
I only eat yummy FRESH food.
I ain't NO Eskimo.So no frozen foods for moi!
Fresh, organic spinach has caused at lease one large ecoli outbreak in the past. Fresh and organic mean nothing to ecoli bacteria.
Nothing was discussed about how the contamination occurred. Could it be that self regulation of safety of products is a joke when company self regulates itself. When companies cut costs, safety and monitoring of the food is normally cut because it doesn't help the bottom line. Poisoning people is just a part of the business and written into the business model. E-Coli can kill and these food processors need to be checked by the Dept of Agriculture and its inspectors. They must be independent and error on the side of caution. These companies who have to recall food because of contamination need hefty fines so it hurts their bottom line so they don't allow cost cutting of safety.
In case it hasn’t been noticed, the days of “Self-Regulating” and “Self-Policing” on the Assumption that Safety Rules, Regulations and Ethical Behavior will be adhered to and maintained by any individual or Company, have been long gone! Gone, because they have long been replaced by GREED! When it comes to a choice between Ethical Behavior and “Profits”, “Profits” will win every time! This is why CONSTANT and STRICT ENFORCEMENT, especially by the FDA, who appear to be just another “Ex Post Facto” Agency who only show up after the Damage has been done and is Exposed by other sources, of any and all SAFETY RULES and REGULATIONS through REGULAR and FULLY DOCUMENTED, and C0-SIGNED, INSPECTIONS are not only ESSENTIAL, but IMPERATIVE for the sake of the Health and Well Being of our Society. “Whistle Blowers” are becoming a much needed and Essential part of keeping the public SAFE from the GREED-DRIVEN, Sociopathic, scoundrels that infest the big business cabals today. None so Blind as those Blinded by GREED!
In the mean time: Obama signs a bill protecting one of the largest poisoners of our food: Monsanto. Cow, hogs, and poultry are being stuffed with this food which will reach kitchens tables, increasing cancer levels as proven by scientists. Why do you think over 60 countries have banned corn and soya seed treated by Monsanto? Why do they need protection if they are not culpable? HFCS is now used in sodas, canned soups, ketchup, jams and jellies and many other processed food products in the marketplace. Buy local grass fed beef and grow a garden!
You do realize that the Monsanto "bill" was not a stand alone bill, don't you?
I'm not defending it at all, only pointing out a fact.
Ninety percent of the time I've gotten ill from food, it has been a frozen, snack-food type product. I'm not a slob - sometimes you just get a hankerin' for some jalapeno poppers or quesadillas! But, I use an instant read thermometer now and always ensure frozen goodies go above 165F.
I always over cook frozen food if it says 12 minutes I make it for 20 minutes.
President Obama approved a temporary spending bill this week that
averted a government shutdown but also riled a slew of groups that say
one provision protects Monsanto and other makers of genetically modified
seeds and crops from federal courts.
The so-called Monsanto Protection Act essentially requires the
Agriculture Department to approve the growing, harvesting and selling of
such crops, even if the courts rule environmental studies are
incomplete - undermining the judicial review system and posing
potential health risks, critics say.
The biotech rider was included in spending bill HR 933 and signed
Tuesday by Obama, despite White House protests and at least two
petitions, including one by the group Food Democracy Now that got more
than 250,000 signatures.
Critics have also attacked Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara
Mikulski, accusing the Maryland Democrat of allowing the rider to be
added to the continuing resolution without a proper hearing.
Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, described the situation as a “hidden backroom deal.”
“Sen. . Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental and
farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies
such as Monsanto," he added. "This abuse of power is not the kind of
leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski or the
Democrat majority in the Senate."
China is to blame somehow!
Agree. I was thinkin the same thing. LOL.
I used to work at a grocery store and can now tell what people eat just by looking at them. The people that bought boxed dinners, processed food, etc were always over weight and had almost a dingy skin tone to them. The people that purchased real food like fresh veggies, real meat, whole grain, etc. were always smaller and actually had a glow to their skin. Processed food is poison even if it doesn't have ecoli, or some other bacteria or growing on it.
Thats not true – your being a bit prejudicial towards the overweight and the ill. And that not right.
Tammy made an observation regarding people's appearance and their food purchases. That is not prejudicial, merely an observation. Also, how can you say her observations are not true, unless you were in the grocery store working along side of her? Granted, she implied a causal relationship, which may or may not, be true, but we cannot judge her observations.
It is so much fun to judge others, isn't it? Maybe there are reasons – like cost – that affect their food choices, and maybe the fact that they don't have the luxury to buy fresh foods (which cost more and take longer to prepare) factors into their demeanor and pallor... but that shouldn't stop you from making snap judgements about them. After all, generalizations that insult people who are not the insulted are always good fun.
Typo in my last line... Shows what happens when I try to make a smart Alec reply about someone else's smart Alec post, huh?
A lot of people buy what they can afford. The foods you list are typically more expensive and above the means of many, say like low-wage grocery store workers.
Let me tell you about affordability. What you can't afford are the inevitable health problems associated with eating processed foods (and for that matter, society can't afford it either). If you're organized and do your research, eating well should only cost a small premium in money and time. When you look at the larger picture, it's a no brainer.
Yuk. Who on earth eats this crap?
look for diarrhea. That should give it away for you.
Old men. My father in law for one.
Unlike Clostridium botulinum (Botulism ) which is a temperature stable and anaerobic bacteria (meaning it doesn't require oxygen to grow and heat doesn't kill it) E Coli is Not Temperature tolerant nor can it survive without air. Knowing about the "Danger Zone" (( 40 degree's – 145 degrees Fahrenheit )) is critical in food safety. Make sure your Refrigerator is tuned properly to ensure that items within are cool rapidly enough to drop the temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit , and that you cook ALL THINGS to a temp higher than 145 for no less than 10-15 minutes. Time and Temperature are your allies in food preparation. And Always remember this, "When in Doubt, Throw it Out"
– I am a Certified Food Saftey Professional
I actually thought you were Gordon Ramsey. Sorry about that.
No it he were Chef Ramsey he would be yelling at you and calling you a donkey.
Exactly! what you say is what everyone should know, not to suffer these problems! totally agree with you!!!!!
Here's an idea... show us what the heck the packaging or brand label looks like.
Great idea Julia!! Hmmm ... wonder if CNN reads these comments?
The package says in big letters "Farm Rich"
"Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas, Philly Cheese Steaks, Mini Pizza Slices and Mozzarella Bites produced from November 12-19, 2012"
Just remenber 'Farm Rich'
Don't eat frankenfoods. You'll be less at risk for all this crap.
Oh lovely. The Quesadillas has been something I've been eating for the past month or so on and off and I'm pregnant. Can't check the last package I had but the one I have is 2 days after the ones listed in the recall. This isn't something I normally eat, but you know how pregnancy cravings can get. :/ Well this kills my appetite for them now! I don't seem to have any symptoms, but I'm paranoid since I am pregnant!
Reblogged this on The World Outside of Yourself.
Who feeds that crap to their kids?
Lots of Americans beating the war drum with North Korea for wanting a nuke. I guess they forgot that the U.S. has over 5,000 nukes and is the only country in history to have used one against another country. After the U.S.'s foreign policy actions over the last decade I don't blame NK for wanting one. Keep telling yourselves that they are the bad guys though..
That same America-is-the-real-bad guy rhetoric wears thin. Is America the only country to use a nuclear weapon? Yes. And we've spent the last 70 years atoning for that by doing what we can to build up economies around the globe, opposing human rights abuses, working to provide clean water, schools, and hospitals, and educate people on health, human safety, democracy around the world. So while we're far from perfect, we've done a heck of a lot more than most nations to promote peace. But if telling yourself that America is the real bad guy, and a mean ol' bully to North Korea, have at it. Between America and North Korea, we haven't declared war on them, we haven't pre-emptively attacked them, threatened them with dangerous rhetoric. So yes, I'll sleep quite well tonight believing America is the good guy and North Korea is the bad guy. If you think NK has got a bad rap, you are more than welcome to reach out to Kim with a big hug if you think it will help.
Also, this was an article about e coli in frozen foods, not North Korea. So take your righteous indignation to the right forum.
Totally agree Freddie!!
Freddie the Fez.........Shut up. I'm reading a story about something other then NK. If you see something on here you dont like just skipp over it. Perhaps I should take my own advice............Nevermind.....scratch that, I didnt say anything. See how easy that was.
Junior has a control problem. His regime has literally starved it's own people to waste resources on these weapons. China backs them so they don't even need nukes. He is probably doing this media circus to divert attention from the regimes crimes against its own citizens. Its all about cementing his control over the country. They are the bad guys. The whole United Nations INCLUDING CHINA say they are.
Can you please pass the frozen gravy?
something tells me Bush is behind this
Yep! All those cuts and under budgeting he did with the FDA.
Give it to the North Koreans!!!
Sorry but cant eat KFC always end up sick as a dog.
U r wat u eat,junk n,junk out!!! Lets all meet @ KFC 4 A $25.OO SINGLE, COUPON ,SPECIAL, MEAL DEAL!!!. C.
Does no one cook there stuff properly any more? If you cook it right, heat it up correctly you kill the bacteria. God Americans are just.....
Sorry Brian B-but really? How about I just expect my food not to be contaminated with E.Coli instead? Thanks.
We should not have to cook feces bacteria out of our food. If slaughter houses were not over crowded and were actually sanitary places, then we can blame it on American's cooking abilities.
Brian, the problem is not always the bacteria. Properly cooking food will destroy the bacteria, but the problem also lies in the toxins produced by the bacteria. These toxins poison the body and cause kidney failure.
For an experiment, how about leave some food uncooked chicken out for a few weeks and then cook them at the proper temperature for the proper amount of time and then consume it and see what happens.
The toxins would give you food poisoning regardless of what temperature you cooked it at.
It has nothing to do with us Americans. It's the big food companies improperly handling food.
That's assuming that the toxin is heat-stable. Some are, some aren't, for instance the deadliest toxin in the world (botulism toxin) is inactivated at 175F.
All 4 of you self prescribed experts needs a basic level course in microbiology and common sense.
MJ? Is that you Michael??
Uh – it's rarely the bacteria that make you sick. It's the toxins they produce before they're killed, which aren't broken down by heat, that cause so much illness. Feel free to boil, roast or microwave products like this 'til the cows come home – that isn't going to make them safe to eat.
The presence of E. coli is simply an indicator that something which will actually harm you may be present.
Some toxins can be inactivated with heat, and some can't. Botulism toxin can for instance, always cook your food.
Ecoli is both a pathogen (in the case of some serotypes) and an indicator of fecal contamination. Most ecoli go about third buisness in your gut not causing any trouble, until they grab a certain plasmid
You are totally clueless
That's exactly what I'm wondering! Do these people eat food straight out of the freezer?
Gee, and it only took 4 months to realize there was a problem and track this down. Thank God someone's on the job!
Stay away from these processed foods. I know it isn't easy. I still have a few products in my home but I am working on being 100% free of processed food from big food corporations. Better to buy local and make your own food. It is a lot of work but very rewarding. They put so much garbage in our food. They want to put aspartame in our milk and not label it. So now I just buy local non-homogenized milk. Taste so much better and it's better for me. I make my own better with a kitchen mixer and it takes just 10 minutes thanks to a Youtube video.
While I don't go so far as to make my own butter I do agree with your point. When we cook as much from scratch as we can, the better it is for us and it is also much cheaper! Even those who don't think they can cook can find many simple recipes on the internet to start building cooking skills. Cooking is truly a "life skill" all people should work on and yes- it is highly rewarding to serve good meals you have made yourself! : ))
Who eats that sh!t anyway?
Didn't this same company ( Farm Rich ) have a problem with frozen foods not to long ago? I may be wrong, but I'm thinking I read this same situation about a year ago. Just saying.......
Yeah, rich with poop. Good times.
I don't eat that kind of frozen garbage food. No worries for me.
Good thing it's impossible to catch e coli from fresh vegetables like spinach...oh wait, that happens all the time. I suggest you educate yourself on e coli.
Actually some small businesses buy those products to sell at their cafe's. They sell large boxes of farm rich products at some Sam's Clubs.
Rich products is a stand up company. They will do the right things on this.
Anyone who eats that crap deserves to get E. coli.
It's Bushes' fault.
Don't worry...Obama will fix it ;).
Hahaha!!!!! Sure he will..
They stated they would replace the $4 item, however, you spent hundreds going to the Doctor's office.
Can you say lawsuit?
One would think if these were cooked properly, it would kill the E. coli. Of course, cooking frozen foods thoroughly is not as easy as cooking thawed foods.
Well, normally frozen foods are precooked and you're just heating them to eating temperature. From the list of affected foods I'd guess that the problem is with cheese, which probably gets added cold and only gets melted in the microwave.
The problem isn't the bacteria, which are easily killed by the heat of normal cooking. The problem is the toxins those bacteria produce while still alive and active. It's more often those toxins that make you sick than the bacteria themselves.
Here is your Republican deregulation at work.
It's all about profits. It's capitalism. Don't take it personally. It's business. To he l l with your safety.
Ah, empty knee-jerk reactions! Keep it up and we'll have our problems solved in no time.
do democraps just talk out their azz president obama cut funding to usda when the pink slime scandal broke out this has nothing to do with republicans tard wake up you sheep
Nothing to do with Democrats either... all funding problems are due to bipartisanship every one wants money for their cause and now it had to come to no one gets it...
Really, I mean REALLY??? This has nothing to do with either political party. Why do people always have to try to put a political spin on everything? GEEZZZEEE!!!
O.K. Alec Baldwin.
Interesting. Because last time I checked, it was the Democrats who've been running things for the last several years.
During which time, incidentally, the incidence of food contamination seems to have skyrocketed.
Seems is the operative word here. There has been plenty of contamination I can recall in my lifetime.
None of it is real food, just a lot of contaminated processed chemicals, additives and flavorings. I get sick even thinking about parents feeding that crap to their kids.
Awww....hope you feel better, Sue. Hopefully your elitism will cure your malaise.
enjoy your early onset diabetes, or colon cancer, or heart disease, or yadda yadda yadda – it's not being elitist – wake up and care about the manufactured chemicals that enter your body – don't believe me – read a book on the subject by multiple, highly educated and highly regarded doctors! BOOM!
here's one to start with: http://www.amazon.com/The-End-of-Illness-ebook/dp/B004T4KQYS
knock yourself out with some knowledge and feel better – it only adds about 10-15% $ more (if you know where the deals are) to eat "truly" organic ( at least 70% organic ingredients (USDA minimum), hopefully 100%) and believe me, the food tastes better and you will feel better.
Once you know what this stuff does (now scientifically-proven by multiple independent studies that are not paid for by the likes of Monsanto) to your body, you will never want to eat a Dorito again!
you're no elitist, sue – just a caring individual who cares about what goes into her body! keep it up and let the haters continue to poison their bodies!
"Mini Quesadillas, Philly Cheese Steaks, Mini Pizza Slices and Mozzarella Bites."
Says something about 20-early-somethings daily food intake.
Says mine isn't much better. :P
I dunno, I'm 25 and my intake for today has consisted of an english muffin, an orange, salmon/mango sushi, and a salad for dinner. But honestly, the fresh veg and fruit is where e coli is usually traced to, so I'm probably in more danger than you are.
kudos on the sushi (if properly prepared); i think the orange is acidic enough what with ascorbic acid and citric acid and misc others...
By the time they issue these warning, it's too late. What's the purpose.
So you're saying that if you had any of these foods in your freezer, you would eat them?
Lady supermarket with an apple in her basket
Knocks in the manager’s door;
Grooning to the muzak from a speaker in shoe rack
Lays out her goods on the floor;
Everything she’s chosen is conveniently frozen.
Eat it and come back for more!
Lady window shopper with a new one in the hopper
Whips up a chemical brew;
Croaking to a neighbour while she polishes a sabre
Knows how to flavour a stew.
Never need to worry with a tin of ’hurri curri’:
Poisoned especially for you!
No use to complain
If you’re caught out in the rain;
Your mother’s quite insane.
Cat food cat food cat food again.
Lady yellow stamper with a fillet in a hamper
Dying to finish the course;
Goodies for the table with a fable on the label
Drowning in miracle sauce.
Don’t think I am that rude if I tell you that it’s cat food,
Not even fit for a horse!
Speaking of insane!
excellent and a rare, obscure reference.
wonder if Monsanto was in on this ?
No loss; it's all junk food.
If you buy only fresh meats and produce you will eat healthier and save money.
You mean like the Salmonella outbreak in Cantaloupe last year? All of this genetically enhanced foods we have are making everything unhealthy.
That was listeria, not salmonella. But your point still stands.
I think spinach is another that is recalled a lot.
I'm against genetic engineering, but what does does it have to do with contaminated produce? All produce will cause poisoning if it's exposed to the right bacteria.
Monsanto has just bought a law that was just passed that makes them immune from lawsuits due to illness from genetically modified foods. Just another reason to stop purchasing processed junk.. I think there should be a law requiring a label on all genetically enhanced food. Wait, that would be 90% of everything...
Hunt and kill your own meat, even better!
Perfectly Good Food – below:
...Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas, Philly Cheese Steaks, Mini Pizza Slices and Mozzarella Bites.....
The above is not food, it does to your body and your overall health the same as e-coli...
It just works slowly....
Make believe food strikes again.
More to come.
They want to trash 98 tons of perfectly good food over 24 cases, none of which killed anyone? Insane, wasteful, stupid.
That's how it works. The vast majority of food poisoning cases go unreported. There are 24 cases that have been actively tested. Most food poisoning doesn't make it to the testing phase. You end up getting tested when you either end up in the emergency room or are hospitalized. Even if you end up in the emergency room or are hospitalized, the chance that you'll get tested for a particular bacterial strain are low. Having worked at the CDC (Atlanta...the big boys), take the statistic and add two zeroes on the end if you want an accurate depiction of the problem. This is a major recall and for a good reason. It presents a clear public health hazard.
When you have spent five days in a hospital in horrible pain and on massive amounts of IV antibiotics and your son dies because of ecoli infection, then come talk to me about what's "insane" and "stupid".
If you are willing to eat it, have at it. E. coli is nothing to mess around with.
Great, the only food I know how to cook.
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