Metal fragments spur pizza recall
by Meat&Poultry Staff
WASHINGTON – Berkeley, Calif.-based Annie's Homegrown Inc. is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen pizzas that could be contaminated with metal fragments. Certain products are the subject of both a Food and Drug Administration and US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service recall.
After metal fragments were visually detected in the flour and pizza dough at a third-party crust production facility, the recall was initiated. The contamination was traced back to a defective metal mesh screen at a third-party flour mill. Some wire fragments are too small to be detected by standard industry metal detectors, so it’s possible fragments may be lodged in finished pizzas.
No reports of injury associated with consuming these products have been received by FSIS, FDA or the company.
All varieties of Annie's Homegrown Rising Crust Frozen Pizza with a "Best By" date including and between 09Jan13 and 14Sep13 are affected.
Products subject to USDA recall include:
• 23.6-oz. Organic Pepperoni Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20000 9
• 25.4-oz. Organic Supreme Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20002 3
• 22.6-oz. Pepperoni Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20006 1
• 23.1-oz. BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20009 2
Each of the listed product packages have an establishment number of EST. 5699, EST. 15815B, P-5699 or P-15815B ink-jetted on the upper flap of carton's side panel.
Products subject to FDA recall include:
• 23.5-oz. Organic Four Cheese Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20001 6
• 22.5-oz. Four Cheese Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20007 8
• 25-oz. Organic Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20005 4
Suspect products were manufactured at two facilities from May 9, 2012, to Jan. 17, 2013, and shipped to retail establishments throughout the US.