Pizza Contaminated with E-coli

General Mills Operations, a Wellston, Ohio, establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 3.3 million pounds of frozen meat pizza products because they may be contaminated with E. coli and may be linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.  Eight cases have been reported in Tennessee.

The products involved include the following:

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."

According to this news report, "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 pizza products and discard them if found."

We have been involved in several E:coli  0157:H7 cases over the years and are currently handling several contaminated peanut butter cases.  It seems that there is an increasing problem with food safety in our Nation.