Monday, July 28, 2014

DPHSS: Payless Yigo Pulls Certain "Farm Rich" Products Following FDA Voluntary Recall

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Guam - Rich Products Corporation Announces a Voluntary Recall of Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas, Mini Pizza Slices, Philly Cheese Steaks, Mozarella Bites, and Market Day Mozarella Bites.

 

To date, the Division of Environmental Health of this Department has determined that the implicated products were available at PayLess Supermarkets in Yigo.  Corrective actions were taken at this retail store.

The Department has not received any local reports of illnesses associated with any of the affected products. 

The Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), would like to inform the public of a voluntary recall of products manufactured by Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, New York that were produced from November 12 - 19, 2012. 

The recalled products are Farm Rich® Mini Quesadillas
(PC 35635), Farm Rich® Mini Pizza Slices (PC 35643 and PC 37690), Farm Rich® Philly Cheese Steaks
(PC 35634), Farm Rich® Mozzarella Bites (PC 37443 and PC 37691) and Market Day® Mozzarella Bites (
PC 80435).  The items may possibly be contaminated with Escherichia coli O121 bacteria (“E. Coli O121”).

Symptoms of the illness include mild to severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps.  Blood is often seen in the stool.  Usually little or no fever is present.  Although most healthy adults can recover completely within 5-10 days, certain individuals can develop a complication called Hemolytic Uremic
Syndrome (HUS) which can cause the kidneys to fail.  HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly.  The condition could lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

The Farm Rich products were distributed in retail stores nationwide. Market Day® is a fundraising food cooperative that distributed the Mozzarella Bites. These products are partially baked, dough enrobed, snack items that consumers bake or microwave at home.

Specific product information is as follows:

Farm Rich® Mini Quesadillas are packaged in 18 oz. bags. The product code is 35635, the production date is November 14, 2012 with a Julian Date of 15822319. The UPC Code is 041322356352 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 14, 2014.

Farm Rich® Mini Pizza Slices are packaged in 22 oz. bags. The product code is 35643, the production date is November 15, 2012 with a Julian Date of 15822320 and November 16, 2012 with a Julian Date 1582 2321. The UPC Code is 041322356437 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 15 or May 16, 2014.

The Farm Rich® Mini Pizza Slices are also packaged in a 7.2 oz. carton. The product code is 37690, the production date is also November 15, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2320 and November 16, 2012 with a Julian Date 1582 2321. The UPC Code is 041322376909 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 15 or May 16, 2014.

Farm Rich® Philly Cheese Steaks are packaged in 21 oz. bags. The product code is 35634, the production date is November 13, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2318. The UPC Code is 041322356345 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 13, 2014.

Farm Rich® Mozzarella Bites are packaged in 22 oz. bags. The product code is 37443, the production date is November 19, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2324. The UPC Code is 041322374431 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 19, 2014.

Farm Rich® Mozzarella Bites are packaged in a 7 oz. carton. The product code is 37691, the production date is November 19, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2324. The UPC Code is 041322376916 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 19, 2014.

Market Day® Mozzarella Bites are packaged in a 22 oz. carton. The product code is 80435, the production date is November 12, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2317. The UPC Code is 041322804358 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 12, 2014.

Rich Products Corporation has already notified all of its distributors and retailers who have received the product in question and has directed them to remove and destroy the affected products.



In addition, the Department is advising all food distributors and retailers to remove the affected products from
sale or service.  Consumers are encouraged to review the labels of their Farm Rich products to determine if it is
affected by the recall.  Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to stop using the product
immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers who have purchased these Farm Rich products and have any questions should contact Farm Rich Consumer
Relations at 1-888-220-5955 8 am to 8 pm EST Monday through Friday, or visit their website at www.farmrich.com.
Consumers may also visit FDA’s website at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm345896.htm. The public may also contact
the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221.

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