Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is advising consumers to check their freezers for certain frozen pizzas that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
General Mills Operations, of Wellston, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling an undetermined amount of frozen meat pizzas 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 being recalled:
• 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.” The company 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 pizzas and discard them if found.
The frozen meat pizzas 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 these products.
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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service also continue investigation into the multi-state illness outbreak.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Consumer Hotline at (800) 949-9055.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.