Nov. 2, 2007
By Emily Howard
Ohio University Dining Services' market managers responded quickly to a recall of Jeno's brand Crisp 'n Tasty Pizza Monday evening. Markets in Boyd, Nelson and Shively dining halls pulled the products immediately after learning of the recall.
General Mills Operations of Wellston, Ohio, voluntarily recalled approximately 3.3 million pounds of frozen meat pizza products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 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. According to the Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Health, specific products with accompanying UPC codes include:
- Totino's Party Supreme, 42800-10700
- Totino's Three Meat, 42800-10800
- Totino's Pepperoni, 42800-11400
- Totino's Pepperoni, 42800-92114
- Totino's Classic Pepperoni, 42800-11402
- Totino's Pepperoni Trio, 42800-72157
- Totino's Party Combo, 42800-11600
- Totino's Combo, 42800-92116
- Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Supreme, 35300-00561
- Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Pepperoni, 35300-00572
- Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Combo, 35300-00576
Of the varieties recalled, Ohio University Dining Services carries only the three Jeno's brand products listed above. Dining Services does not heat and serve the products, but rather sells them frozen to be prepared by customers.
"We took action as soon as we were informed about the recall," said Jason Schroer, general manager of Boyd Dining Hall and Market. "The health and safety of our students is our top priority in this situation. The market staff members in each dining hall worked cohesively to pull the product, and to make sure all markets were aware of the situation."
According to General Mills, the pepperoni came from a separate supplier, not produced at the plant itself, but it declined to release the name of the pepperoni supplier. The frozen meat pizza products subject to recall were produced on or before Oct. 30 and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.
To date, this is a precautionary measure. General Mills spokesman Tom Forsythe has issued a statement saying as of today they have found no E. coli in their plant, and no E. coli in their products. General Mills is cooperating with a federal investigation into the situation and said it would not release the source of its pepperoni supplier due to the current E.Coli investigation.
Customers who have purchased the recalled pizza from Ohio University Markets in Boyd, Nelson, or Shively Dining Halls are encouraged to bring all recalled products back for a full cash refund. Operating hours for each market are listed at www.ohio.edu/food. Goldsmit-Black Inc. is the university's supplier of Jeno's pizzas and will be on campus to intercept the returned pizzas. Dining Services has estimated there were less than 200 pizzas sold within a two-week time period in its three market locations.
If students who consumed Jeno's products feel ill, they are encouraged to seek assistance at Hudson Health Center or, if the center is closed, at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the General Mills Consumer Hotline at 1-800-949-9055. Media with questions about the recall should contact General Mills Director of Communications Tom Forsythe at 763-764-6364.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to food-borne illness.
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