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November 1, 2007: General Mills E coli Pizza Recall

General Mills E Coli Pizza Recall Announced

Generals Mills has issued a recall for approximately 3.3 million pounds of frozen pizzas with pepperoni toppings according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The Totino’s and Jeno’s brand pizzas have been recalled because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. According to FSIS, the frozen pizzas subject to the E coli pizza recall may be linked to an E. coli food poisoning outbreak.

E Coli Pizza Recall Products

The following recall information is posted on the USDA website:

The following pizza products are subject to th E coli pizza 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."

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" to the package based on a 155-day shelf life, but 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 from July 20 to Oct. 10. All patients have recovered.

About E. coli

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause diarrhea (sometimes bloody) and dehydration. The young, seniors, and the immuno-compromised are the most susceptible to complications arising from E. coli food poisoning. To learn more about E. coli food poisoning, please see About E. coli and Symptoms of E. coli Food Poisoning.

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