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Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., which previously announced a voluntary recall of certain Farm Rich and Market Day products, has expanded its voluntary recall to include all products produced at its Waycross, Ga., plant with “Best By” dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 29, 2014 due to possible contamination with Escherichia coli O121 bacteria (E. coli O121). The expanded recall is in addition to products recalled on March 28, 2013.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 24 cases of E. coli 0121 in 15 states.
While the company says it is unaware of any illnesses associated with the products included in the expanded recall, its safety commitment to its customers caused it to take this action.
“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,” says Bill Gisel, Rich’s president and CEO, adding that the company will continue to cooperate fully with federal, state and local agencies investigating this situation.
The affected products were distributed nationwide to retailers and select foodservice distribution customers. Rich’s has notified all distributors and customers who received the products in question and directed them to remove and destroy them. All other affected products under the company’s control have been quarantined and will be destroyed.
For a list of affected foodservice and consumer products, visit www.richs.com/rich-products-corporation-expands-voluntary-recall-to-all-products-produced-at-its-waycross-georgia-facility-due-to-possible-contamination-with-e-coli-o121.