Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - There is concern that local students could have eaten food tainted by E. Coli.
A reported 300-thousand pounds of the recalled Rich Products was sent to schools -- including in Western New York.
Eight Western New York schools and school district received foods that were included in the Rich Products recall.
They are listed as:
- Akron Central School District
- Amherst Central School District
- Depew Union Free School District
- Frontier Central School District
- Queen of Heaven School
- St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore
- St. Mary of the Lake School
- Sweet Home Central School District
It is unknown if foods sent out to schools were tainted, but they were made at the same Georgia plant under question.
There have been a 27 reported cases in this latest E. Coli outbreak in 15 states. The patients range between two and 75.
Schools were instructed to get rid of all recalled foods.
The Sweet Home School District's superintendent tells Eyewitness News it destroyed nine pizzas.
statement issued by Amherst Superintendent, Dr. Laura Chabe, regarding the Rich Product recall.
In response to the recent recall of select Rich Product items, Amherst Superintendent, Dr. Laura Chabe issued a statement:
"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."
Depew Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey said "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."
A school district in Maryland sent out a warning to parents.
Rich Products says there are no reported cases of students with E. Coli infections from food distributed in schools.
However, one Western New York teenager is not so lucky. His attorney says 19-year-old Robert Ormsby Jr. Ate Farm Rich quesedillas and pizza slices at his home.
Jed Dietrich says Ormsby "has become a little bit more mobile but he's in a situation where he continues to be very weak, and because he requires blood transfusions and dialysis, it's still a very serious situation."
That is why some parents tell Eyewitness News they are worried. Even if no E. Coli cases have been linked to school foods, they are worried if their child could have been unknowingly affected.
However, other parents believe they are in the clear.
Doctors say if the food is cooked right, the E. Coli bacteria should be killed off.
Anyone with concerns can call Rich Products 24-hour hotline number at 1-888-220-5955.