Frozen pizza recall due to e. coli contaminated pepperoni

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted November 1, 2007


Earlier today, General Mills issued a frozen pizza recall for approximately 5 million boxes of Totino’s pizza and Jeno’s pizza which contain pepperoni toppings.  The pepperoni could be contaminated with E. coli which has sickened people throughout the United States.  The food poisoning lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential frozen pizza lawsuits for any individuals who suffered illness requiring medical treatment after eating any of the recalled Totino’s or Jeno’s pizzas.

State and federal health investigators are reviewing 21 cases of E. coli food poisoning which could have been caused by pepperoni pizza toppings contained in millions of boxes of frozen pizzas sold throughout the United States.   While most of the reported cases have been seen in Tennesee, other cases have been identified in Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisonsin and South Dakota.  Eight people have been hospitalized and four of those have developed kidney failure.

The strain of bacteria which has been linked to the frozen pepperoni pizzas is E.Coli O157:H7, which could cause symptoms such as severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea.  While most healthy adults recover fully within a few weeks, children, elderly and those with a weak immune system could develop more severe illness.  In some cases, the food poisoning could result in hemolytic-urenia syndrome (HUS), which is associated with kidney failure and could be fatal.

>>INFORMATION: E.Coli Food Poisoining

Frozen Pizza Recall

The pepperoni pizza recall applies to eight different types of Tortino’s pizza and three types of Jeno’s pizza.  All of the products contain pepperoni toppings, which could be combined with other toppings.  The pizzas were all produced by General Mills at their Wellston, Ohio plant.  However, General Mills indicates that the pepperoni toppings came from a separate supplier who they have not identified.

The earliest reported case of food poisoning linked to the frozen pizzas was identified on July 20, 2007, and the most recent reported case was on October 10.

General Mills has asked consumers to throw away any of the recalled Totino’s frozen pizza or Jeno’s frozen pizza.  However, if you, a friend or family member have become sick after eating the pizza and still have any uneaten portion, you should preserve the package until you speak with a lawyer and determine if you intend to pursue a frozen pizza recall lawsuit.

Individuals who have not eaten the pizza can get replacements by sending the bar code from the box to Totino’s/Jeno’s, P.O. Box 200_Pizza, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0200.  Include your name and mailing address.


If you, a friend or family member experienced food poisoning which required medical treatment after eating a Totino’s frozen pepperoni pizza or Jeno’s frozen pepperoni pizza, financial compensation may be available.  Request a free food poisoning claim evaluation.

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