Local Schools Respond to Rich Products Recall

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

WESTERN NEW YORK, (WKBW) - Schools connected to the Rich Products recall have released statements regarding their particular school:

Akron Schools :
"Akron Schools has been identified as a Western New York school district that is believed to have received the Farm Rich food products that are part of a nationwide recall for e-coli contamination.
Food Service Director Mrs. Barbara Goodman was notified by the food broker, InFusion Foods, to verify that the district no longer has any of the product in question in the school's current inventory. Goodman verified that the district has none of the identified codes recalled by Rich Products in the school's food inventory.

Parents can be assured that food service personnel are rigorously trained in proper Serve-Safe sanitation and food preparation.

Questions regarding this food recall as it relates to Akron Schools should be directed to Mrs. Barbara Goodman, Food Service Director, at (716)542-5027."

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Amherst Schools:
Amherst Superintendent Dr. Laura Chabe:

"Although the recalled products were part of our menu last year they are not on our menu for this school year. In addition, although not identified on the recall list, all other Rich Product items we currently use have been removed from our shelves and destroyed.

As common practice, we also want you to be assured that our meals are cooked to the proper temperature to ensure the foods we serve are safely prepared according to health guidelines and practices."

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Depew Schools:
Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey:

"There were seven cases of Pizzata pizza pockets from Rich Products that have been destroyed. No new cases of Pizzatas have been purchased this year. No students consumed the recalled food products."

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Frontier Schools:
"As an update on what has appeared in the news media, The Frontier Food Service Department has purchased none of the Rich's recall products in question this school year. A very popular item on our menu, breaded mozzarella stix, is NOT part of their recall list and we will continue to offer this item as a lunch choice.

The reason Frontier appeared on the school list on TV last night is that we did purchase a small amount of 1 product in 2011, but of course, we no longer have the product in our inventory.

Please be assured, that Frontier has always made every effort to offer safe, nutritious food to the students and staff in the district and we will continue to do so.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Susan Birmingham, CFE, in the Food service Office at 926-1702."

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Queen of Heaven School:

School officials say that no recall products have been purchased in the last 12 months. A statement has been sent out to parents.

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St. Mary of the Lake School:

The principal says the school has not received any food from the plant where the tainted products came from since 2008. However, the school is getting rid of all Rich Products food anyway.

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Sweet Home School:
"Recently, Rich Products and their subsidiary, Farm Rich, have been involved in a recall of certain food products. While our District does order food from Rich Products, we are confident that no students of the Sweet Home Central School District have been exposed to any potentially contaminated food through our school breakfast and/or lunch programs.

After the recall was announced, our director of school lunch, Sandra Cocca, was notified that the District had, in the past, received products from Rich's that fell under the recall code numbers. Mrs. Cocca and her staff immediately did a complete check of District inventories and identified nine (9) cases of "Pizza Dippers" with the identified recall codes on them. The "Pizza Dippers" were received by the District in 2011 and have not been served recently because they do not meet current nutrition guidelines established by the USDA. The cases of "Pizza Dippers" were isolated, rendered inedible and destroyed.

In reviewing our District meal menus since the beginning of the school year, we are confident in stating that that at no time has the District served any products from Rich Products or Farm Rich that were involved in the recent recall."