On November 1, 2007, General Mills recalled a large number of its Jeno’s and Totino’s frozen meat pizza products because they were contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. By the time the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued the General Mills Jeno’s and Totino’s pizza recall notice, the frozen meat pizza products were linked to at least 21 cases of E. coli poisoning in 10 states. The first E. coli illnesses linked to the General Mills Jeno’s and Totino’s frozen meat pizzas occurred in July 2007, and between that time and the November 1 recall, General Mills had distributed more than 120 Million Jeno’s and Totino’s brand pizzas throughout the country.
Millions of Totino’s and Jeno’s Frozen Pizzas Recalled Due to E Coli
The recall involved approximately 414,000 cases of General Mills frozen meat pizza products. Included in the recall were various varieties of Totino’s frozen pizza and Jeno’s frozen pizza. The recalled General Mills frozen meat pizzas were produced on or before October 30, 2007 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide. Each package bears the establishment number “EST. 7750” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and a “best if used by date” of “02 APR 08 WS.” The “best if used by date” on the General Mills frozen meat pizzas is based on a 155-day shelf life, so consumers were urged to check their freezers for the recalled pizzas. All of the pizzas were made with pepperoni topping, or toppings that incorporated other meats with pepperoni.
General Mills Jeno’s and Totino’s Frozen Meat Pizza Recall List
- 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
E. Coli 0157:H7 Linked to General Mills Frozen Meat Pizza
The General Mills Jeno’s and Totino’s Frozen Meat Pizza recall was issued after it was determined that several people who had eaten the pizzas had been sickened by the same strain of E. coli 0157:H7. Of 21 E. coli 0157:H7 incidents linked to the pizza, nine victims confirmed that they had eaten either a Jeno’s or Totino’s pizza product.
E. coli is a bacterium that occurs naturally in the intestines of most animals, including humans. Most types of the bacteria are harmless, but the E. coli 0157:H7 strain can be particularly dangerous to people. The symptoms of E. coli poisoning usually occur within 3 to 9 days after a victim eats contaminated foods. E. coli 0157:H7 causes a disease called hemorrhagic colitis, which is the sudden onset of stomach pain and severe cramps. This is followed by diarrhea that is watery and bloody. Sometimes there is vomiting, but there is no fever. The illness lasts about a week. While most people will recover completely, E. coli poisoning can be very dangerous for children, the elderly and anyone with a weak immune system. In some cases, E. coli 0157:H7 will cause a disorder called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), E. coli 0157:H7 is responsible for sickening 73,000 people every year, and of those, 60 will die from the disease.
General Mills Frozen Pizza E Coli Lawsuit Lawyers
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