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5 million Pepperoni Pizzas Recalled Due to E. Coli Taint

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General Mills recalled about five million frozen pepperoni pizzas Thursday sold under the name Totino’s and Jeno’s because the pepperoni toppings on these pizzas may be tainted with E. coli bacteria. Eight different types of pizza were recalled by the food supplier.

Totino’s and Jeno’s frozen pizzas, trademarks of the giant food supplier, both appear to have been involved in some 21 E. coli-related illnesses already, and food service investigators would like to contain the outbreak as much as possible. The company stated that approximately 414,000 cases of frozen pizza were touched by the recall.

According to media reports, the first reports of people becoming ill from the pizzas came around the 20th of October, although all the people have since recovered. E. coli is a type of bacteria that can cause serious gastrointestinal illness involving dehydration, diarrhea, cramping, and in certain populations with sensitive immune systems, coma and death.

Consumers should make certain to discard any Totino’s or Jeno’s frozen pizzas with pepperoni toppings.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.