BUFFALO -- Rich Products expanded its food recall to 10.5 million pounds of food that may be contaminated with E. Coli bacteria.
Rich Products has expanded the recall of Farm Rich products to now include all products made at their plant in Waycross, Georgia.
Meanwhile the CDC said Friday they are now investigating 27 cases of E.Coli sickness; two of which they say are connected to the recalled products.
The company continues to work with various federal agencies to determine how the frozen food may have become contaminated with E. Coli bacteria. The company says it's taking the products off shelves to keep people safe.
Stores and customers are being told to remove and throw out all sizes of these products: Philly cheese steaks, mini quesadillas, mini pizza slices, mozzarella bites and mini bacon cheeseburgers. Other products made by the company are still on shelves because they're made at different facilities.
Click hereto read the list of additional products being recalled. All have "Best By" dates of January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014.
Products affected include:
- Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks - all sizes
- Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas - all sizes
- Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices - all sizes
- Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites - all sizes
- Farm Rich Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers - all sizes
This may all sound familiar because a week ago, Rich Products recalled 190,000 pounds of most of the frozen foods that are in question.
Thursday's recall takes all of the products off shelves and totals more than 10.5 million pounds of food.
A Rich's spokesperson says the plant has not had any safety issues in the past.
In a statement the company says, "When it became apparent to us that despite the expertise of the USDA [...] identification of a specific cause was not going to be a simple or short process, we decided to act proactively to expand the recall," said Bill Gisel, the president and CEO of Rich Products.
Robert Ormsby, is an 18-year-old student at Niagara Community College, who according to his spokesperson is in serious condition at the Buffalo VA Hospital.
"E. Coli has been found in Robert Ormsby Jr.'s system, and also we have samples of the product that was eaten by Robert and those samples have been provided to the New York state Department of Health," said Jed Dietrich, the attorney and spokesperson for Ormsby.
Dietrich says Ormsby got sick from eating mini pizza rolls made by Rich Products.
The company says it's working with multiple agencies like the FDA to find out how the products may've become contaminated.
Meantime, the CDC is investigating if it's possible Rich Products is the likely source of 27 reported cases of E. Coli in 15 states. Rich Products says it only knows of one case of E. Coli sickness linked to the company. And says that person became sick after eating a different food from what Ormsby says he ate.
So far, three cases of E. Coli have been confirmed in New York state.
If you think you may have an affected package or if you need additional information, you're asked to call a 24-hour Consumer Relations Hotline at 1-888-220-5955.