Frozen Pizza Recall

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

General Mills has recalled five-million Totino's and Jeno's pizzas after 21 victims in ten states, including Kentucky, have gotten sick after eating pepperoni pizzas.

Haley Stewart works for Firehouse Pizza in Bowling Green and says she was surprised to hear the Totino's and Jeno's pizza's were being recalled.

"Never heard of pizza. I heard of meat, and beef and steak, but not pizza," Stewart says.

She says in her experience working with pizza, there's never been a problem.

"Because of all the procedures that they have to go through and so many customers that they have to think about," says Stewart.

But, there are procedures you should go through to protect yourself from getting E.coli, including making sure your food is properly cooked, especially when using a microwave, which shouldn't be your primary source for cooking food.

"More of a way to reheat your food after its already been cooked the first time," says Public Health Services Coordinator, Chip Kraus.

Your food should be cooked all the way through at a temperature of 155 degrees.

"Anyone that's used a microwave knows that not all your food is going to be heated to the same temperature. You may have a hot bite right next to an icy cold bite, so that just shows with a microwave you aren't going to get the 155 degrees all the way through the product," says Kraus.

Haley Stewart says pizza places already do this when it comes to the temperatures the pizza's go through.

"It's around 535 degrees," says Stewart.

This make sure that the food is cooked enough to avoid any bacteria such as E.coli, and keeps customers coming back.

As for the recalled Totino's' and Jeno's pizzas, only pizza's made on or before October 30th with pepperoni on them are included in the recall.

If you have one you can request a product replacement by calling the toll free number 1-800-949-9055.


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