​Pizza Recall Amid E. Coli Scare

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April 5, 2013
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Frozen pizza made by Rich Products Corporation is under a recall for possible contamination. The recall affects 10 million pounds of frozen pizza product.

The privately held, multinational food corporation believes that their products may have been contaminated with E. coli O12, at their Waycross, Ga. production facility.

The company stated that pizza products containing the Farm Rich and Market Day labels could be contaminated and are focusing on those specific frozen products containing the “Best By” dates ranging from January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014.

“While Rich Products is unaware of any illnesses associated with the products included in the expanded recall, its unwavering safety commitment to its customers caused it to take this action,” reads the company’s website.

There have not been infections traced back to Rich Products; however, the company’s CEO decided to ask that products be returned anyway, especially for packages of pizza.

“When it became apparent to us that, despite the expertise of the USDA, the FDA, the scientific community and our own experts, identification of a specific cause was not going to be a simple or short process, we decided to act proactively to expand the recall,” Bill Gisel, the company’s current president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

According to WebMD, symptoms of E. coli contamination may include: stomach tenderness, severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.