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 foodborne illness.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.
General Mills Operations of Wellston, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling an undetermined amount of frozen meat pizza products because they may be linked to E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks in several states. No illnesses have been reported in Alaska.
Each package also bears the establishment number "EST. 7750" inside the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) mark of inspection, as well as a "best if used by" date on or before "02 APR 08 WS."
The "best if used by date" applies to a 155-day shelf life; however, consumers are urged to look in their freezers for similar frozen pizza products and discard them if found.
The frozen meat pizza products subject to recall were produced on or before Oct. 30, and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide, including Alaska.
All patients have recovered. The CDC, state public health departments, and USDA Food Safety Inspection Service also continue investigations into the multi-state illness outbreak.