Minneapolis_General Mills today recalled about five million frozen pizzas sold nationwide under the Totino's and Jeno's labels.
Officials cited possible e. Coli contamination. The company says the problem may have come from pepperoni on pizzas produced at a General Mills plant in Ohio. General Mills says the pepperoni itself came from a separate supplier, and was not produced at the plant.
The voluntary recall covers pizzas containing pepperoni that have been produced since July, when the first of 21 e. Coli illnesses under investigation by state and federal authorities emerged. Nine of the 21 people reported eating Totino's or Jeno's pizza with pepperoni topping at some point before getting sick.
The centers for disease control and prevention says eight victims have been hospitalized, and four have developed a type of kidney failure. Eight cases were reported in Tennessee, with the others found in smaller numbers in Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin and South Dakota.
The company asks consumers to throw away recalled pizzas. They can get replacements by clipping the bar code from the box and mailing it with their name and address to:
P.O. Box 200_pizza
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0200.
The specific products in the recall, with SKU, 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.<