General Mills has said the pepperoni came from a separate supplier and was not produced at the Ohio plant where the pizzas were made. But the company has still declined to release the name of the pepperoni distributor. Meanwhile, other food companies could be purchasing pepperoni from this same source. Suppose that General Mills isn't the only purchaser of this particular pepperoni. Do other food manufacturers and distributors know this pepperoni is contaminated with E. coli? What's the big secret? Why doesn't the government intervene and tell General Mills to come clean and fess up?
We all know that most food-poisoning cases go unreported. To date, at least eight people have been hospitalized, and four have developed a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS. No deaths have been reported.
On November 1st , 2007 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that at least 21 people had the same genetic fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 as that found in General Mills Totino's or Jeno's frozen pizza. The CDC also said that the General Mills company (under the brand names of Totino's or Jeno's) was the likely source of the illness.
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General Mills has asked consumers to throw away recalled pizzas. Or they can get replacements by clipping the bar code from the box and mailing it with their name and address to Totino's/Jeno's, P.O. Box 200 - Pizza, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0200.
If you have eaten a Totino's or Jeno's pizza contaminated with Ecoli, their offer may not be satisfactory. Alternatively, you might want to seek legal help.