Colorado product liability: USDA issues recall of Farm Rich foods

Colorado consumers depend on the fact that the food products they buy are safe to eat. In this day and age, there shouldn't be a question as to whether or not a food is contaminated. Unfortunately, mistakes do still happen. For instance, the USDA has issued a recall for frozen foods that are manufactured by Rich Products Corporation and distributed under the name Farm Rich. The company could be facing numerous product liability claims as a result of the contamination of the products that are subject to the recall.

Farm Rich frozen products such as mini quesadillas, mini pizza slices and Philly cheese steaks are part of the recall; but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Consumers that have purchased any Farm Rich frozen foods recently may want to contact the USDA or visit their website in order to be sure that the products they have purchased are not part of the recall. The products are said to be contaminated with E. coli 0121.

This is being categorized by the USDA as a "Class I" recall due to the high health risk to consumers. The USDA began inspecting the products after they began to receive reports of people getting sick as a result of consuming Farm Rich products. At last report, 24 people across 15 states had become ill.

The products that are subject to the recall were made between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 of last year. In order to help consumers identify the products, the USDA has asked consumers to look for EST. 27232 or P-27233 on the inspection label from the USDA that is on the product package. Anyone in Colorado that believes they have become ill as a result of eating a contaminated Farm Rich product has the right to file a product liability claim against Rich Products Corporation.

Source: Examiner.com, "USDA update on Farm Rich product recall," Karen Graham, April 1, 2013

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