Nestle recalls pizza products in US, Canada

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – Nestle USA’s Pizza Division and Nestle Canada are recalling frozen pizzas due to possible foreign matter contamination, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS said there was one report of a chipped tooth associated with consumption of the pizza products. The problem was discovered after Nestle received consumer complaints about small fragments of plastic found in the CPK Crispy Thin Crust White Pizza, according to the agency. Nestle said the problem is related to a batch of spinach used in production of several varieties of frozen pizza.

“The voluntary recall is limited to frozen pizzas with these specific production codes, which were distributed nationwide,” the company said. “No other production codes/dates, sizes or varieties of California Pizza Kitchen or DiGiorno pizzas are affected by this recall. The reason for the recall is that the pizza may contain fragments of clear plastic. Nestle USA is taking this action after a small number of consumers reported that they had found small fragments of plastic on the CPK Crispy Thin Crust White pizza. Our investigation indicates this is directly related to a particular lot of spinach we received from one of our suppliers. Although no complaints have been received to date on the other three varieties that used this spinach, we are recalling these additional varieties in an abundance of caution.”

The company said all the pizzas being recalled were produced during February and March of 2013, and Nestle USA has instructed its direct store delivery team to begin removing pizzas affected by the recall at retail locations nationwide.

“We also are working together with our retail partners to ensure that these varieties are removed from freezer shelves nationwide,” the company said. “Nestle USA also is reaching out to consumers to ask that they examine their freezer inventory for the specific packages of DiGiorno and CPK varieties affected by this recall.”

In Canada, the company is recalling Delissio brand Thin Crispy Crust Grilled Chicken Tomato & Spinach Pizza. Nestle Canada decided to recall the product out of an abundance of caution due to a “small number of consumer complaints in the US”. However, there have been no consumer complaints in Canada, according to the company.

“We have informed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and communicated our decision to recall the product,” Nestle Canada said. “We are immediately informing all of our customers who received these batch codes and arranging for all product to be removed from store shelves.”

Products affected by the recall in the US include:

• California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Crispy Thin Crust White, UPC 71921 98745; production codes are 3062525951, 3062525952 and 3063525951.
• California Pizza Kitchen Limited Edition Grilled Chicken with Cabernet Sauce, UPC 71921 00781; production code is 3059525952.
• DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza Tuscan Style Chicken, UPC 71921 02663; production codes are 3057525922 and 3058525921.
• DiGiorno pizzeria! Bianca/White Pizza, UPC 71921 91484; production code is 3068525951.

Nestle Canada is recalling the Delissio Thin Crispy Crust Grilled Chicken Tomato & Spinach Pizza, 665g. the SCC case code is 1-00-71921-03341-2; the UPC is 0-71921-03341-5; and the batch codes are 3068 5273 C1 BB/MA 2013 OC 05 and 3095 5273 C1 BB/MA 2013 NO 01.

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