Dept. of Homemade is Better Anyway: General Mills Jeno and Totino Frozen Pizza Recall, e. Coli
Who amongst us is so gastronomically pure we do not keep a frozen pizza in the house for One Of Those Days? If you have kids is a virtual certainty. And this is not from some Ma & Pa Poodlinski outfit either: General Mills is blaming an "outside supplier" of pepperoni for this recall of Jeno and Totino frozen pizzas. So far 21 cases, with, gulp,
Eight of the cases were reported in Tennessee, with the other cases found in smaller numbers in Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin and South Dakota.
We can't get our governor invited to the Great Drought State Conclave, and now this. Tennessee is the Rodney Dangerfield of states. But I digress.
This is evidently one of the nastier varieties of e. coli, with that many that sick. But note the ducking, bobbing and weaving in the phrasing here:
The problem may have come from pepperoni on pizzas produced at a General Mills plant in Ohio, the suburban Minneapolis-based company said. It said the pepperoni itself came from a separate supplier, not produced at the plant itself, but it declined to release the name of the pepperoni distributor.
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 becoming ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that eight of the victims have been hospitalized, and four have developed a type of kidney failure.
No mention if these products have recently had cooking directions revised to allow microwave preparation. That was, imho, the problem with the recent pot-pie recall: they just didn't get cooked enough all the way through. But the pizzas? Who knows. Cut off the bar codes and mail 'em in though, you are damn well entitled to at least your money back.
Oh, and about the drought thing? Yeah, its kinda bad here too. Makes me wonder why Phil Breseden (D-Gov) of Tennessee or Mike Easley (D-Gov) of North Carolina weren't invited to that little gathering with Sec. Int. Kempthorne in Washington yesterday like the governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Puzzling, don't you think?