BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Rich Products says some of its recalled food may have been served in Western New York schools.
Rich Products recalled 10 million pounds of frozen food items over the past two weeks after 27 E. coli illnesses in 15 states were linked to their foods, including a local case of E. coli poisoning that put a 19-year-old man in the hospital.
The company estimates about three million pounds may still be in the marketplace and approximately 300,000 pounds may have ended up in school lunchrooms.
Rich Products tells News 4 that their products were distributed through a third party organization. The following schools received the products:
- Akron Central Schools
- Amherst Central Schools
- Depew Schools
- Queen of Heaven School
- St. John The Baptist School
- St. Mary of The Lake School
- Sweet Home Central Schools
UPDATE: Frontier Central Schools, which was previously on this list, tells News 4 they have not served Rich Products that were recalled since 2011.
A Rich Products spokesman says the main items shipped to schools were labeled as pizza dippers and pepperoni pizzatas. The spokesman says that school foodservice operators are trained professionals who know to follow packaged instructions, and that properly heated food kills any E. coli bacteria that may be present.
As part of the recall, schools were instructed to destroy the products. It remains unclear if or how much of the food was served in local schools before the recall.
Investment Advisor Anthony Ogorek says it's too early to assess what the recall means for the company going forward.
Ogorek said, "You're not going to know today what the impact is going to be, you're probably not going to know for six to 12 months before you know what the impact on the company is going to be."
Anyone with questions or concerns about the products is encouraged to call Rich Products 24-hour hotline at 888-220-5955.
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