Nov. 1, 2007 – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) General Mills Operations, located in Wellston, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling an undetermined amount of frozen meat pizza products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and may be linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses.

The following products are subject to recall: 
10.2-ounce packages of Totino’s The Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza Pepperoni.
10.2-ounce packages of Totino’s The Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Classic Pepperoni.
10.2-ounce packages of Totino’s The Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Pepperoni Trio.
10.7-ounce packages of Totino’s The Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Combination Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza.
10.5-ounce packages of Totino’s The Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Three Meat Sausage, Canadian Style Bacon & Pepperoni Pizza.
10.9-ounce packages of Totino’s The Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Supreme Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza with Green Peppers & Onions.
6.8-ounce packages of JENO’S CRISP `N TASTY PIZZA, PEPPERONI.
7.0-ounce packages of JENO’S CRISP `N TASTY PIZZA, COMBINATION SAUSAGE AND PEPPERONI PIZZA.
7.2-ounce packages of JENO’S CRISP `N TASTY PIZZA, SUPREME SAUSAGE AND PEPPERONI WITH GREEN PEPPERS AND ONION PIZZA.

Each package also bears the establishment number “EST. 7750″ inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a best if used by date on or before 02 APR 08 WS.

Generall Mills applies the “best if used by date” on the package based on a 155-day shelf life, however consumers are urged to look in their freezers for similar frozen pizza products and discard them if found.

The frozen meat pizza products subject to recall were produced on or before Oct. 30 and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

The problem was discovered following an investigation carried out by the Tennessee Department of Health in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into a multi-state cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that may be linked to this product. Illnesses occurred in Illinois (1), Kentucky (3), Missouri (2), New York (2), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (8), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (1).

Illness onset dates ranged between July 20 and Oct. 10. All patients have recovered. The CDC, State public health departments and FSIS also continue investigation into the multi-state illness outbreak.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Consumer Hotline at (800) 949-9055.

Be sure to check your freezer for the noted dates. Meat, meat, meat…so satisfying and so dangerous in the public health sector.


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