All three major supermarkets on Grand Cayman have cleared their shelves of Jeno’s and Totino’s frozen pizza’s amid fears they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
Supermarkets say customers should return all affected Jeno’s and Totino’s pizza for a full refund.
Manufacturer General Mills says pepperoni on pizzas produced since July at its Ohio plant may be contaminated with E. coli. Since that time, 21 people have developed E. coli illnesses in the US and nine have reported eating Jeno’s or Totino’s pizza before becoming ill.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said at least eight people have been hospitalised, with four developing a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic-uremic syndrome.
The source of the infection is not known at this time, a CDC press release said.
Most people infected with E. coli O157:H7 develop severe bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps two to eight days (average of three to four days) after infection.
Infection is usually diagnosed by culture of a stool sample. Most people recover completely within 5-10 days, although some people, particularly young children and the elderly, are at increased risk for severe illness.
In severe infection, E. coli O157:H7 can cause a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS.
The CDC said anyone who has eaten the product but did not become ill need not take any special action. People who are ill with diarrhoea within a week of consuming this type of frozen pizza should seek medical care and let their doctor know about the exposure, it advised.
- Totino’s Party Supreme Pizza, UPC: 42800-10700;
- Totino’s Three Meat Pizza, UPC: 42800-10800;
- Totino’s Pepperoni Pizza, UPC: 42800-11400;
- Totino’s Classic Pepperoni Pizza, UPC: 42800-11402;
- Totino’s Pepperoni Pizza, UPC: 42800-92114;
- Totino’s Pepperoni Trio Pizza, UPC: 42800-72157;
- Totino’s Party Combo Pizza, UPC: 42800-11600;
- Totino’s Combo Pizza, UPC: 42800-92116;
- Jeno’s Crisp’n Tasty Supreme Pizza, UPC: 35300-00561;
- Jeno’s Crisp’n Tasty Pepperoni Pizza, UPC: 35300-00572;
- Jeno’s Crisp’n Tasty Combo Pizza, UPC: 35300-00576.