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Tainted Pizza Recalled At More Than A Dozen Harford Co. Schools

BEL AIR, Md. (AP/WJZ) -- Harford County public schools have told parents that food served in the cafeterias of more than a dozen schools was recalled because of possible E. coli contamination.

Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld said Friday that Rich Products notified 14 schools Wednesday evening that it had recalled its pepperoni pizzatas. The food had been served in some cafeterias on Wednesday.

Maryland public health officials say no one in the state has been sickened by the recalled products.

According to a notice on the USDA website, Rich Products Corp. of Buffalo, N.Y., recalled nearly 200,000 pounds of frozen foods on March 28.

On Friday, the company expanded the voluntary recall to include all items produced at its Waycross, Ga., plant with "Best By" dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 29, 2014

The affected schools include: Aberdeen Middle, Bakerfield Elementary, Bel Air Elementary, Bel Air High School, Edgewood High School, Forest Hill Elementary, Forest Lakes Elementary, Fountain Green Elementary, Havre de Grace Elementary, Homestead/Wakefield Elementary, Lisby Hillsdale Elementary, Meadowvale Elementary, Ring Factory Elementary, and William S. James Elementary.

If your child consumed pepperoni pizzas Wednesday, April 3 and is experiencing diarrhea, please notify your health care provider.

Symptoms typically develop within 24–72 hours following consumption.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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