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Frozen Pizza Recall

Food-Pizza2WASHINGTON, Mass. (WGGB) — A recall  has been issued for a frozen pizza product by Annie’s Homegrown Inc. after foreign matter was found in the food item.

The announcement was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service today.

Annie’s Homegrown Inc. is a company based out of Berkeley, California.

The FDA is recalling the pizzas because they could be contaminated with extraneous materials.

All varieties of “Annie’s Homegrown Rising Crust Frozen Pizza” with a “Best By” date including and between “09Jan13” and “14Sep13” are being recalled and this includes the following products:

• 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 product package above has an establishment number of “EST. 5699”, “EST. 15815B”, “P-5699” or “P-15815B” ink jetted on the upper flap of carton’s side panel.

In addition, the following products are subject to FDA recall:

• 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

These products were manufactured at two facilities from May 9 of last year to January 17 of this year.  Businesses nationwide received the shipments of frozen pizza.

Richard J. McIntire with the USDA explains, “The problem was discovered when metal fragments were visually detected in the flour and pizza dough at a third-party crust production facility. The problem 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 may be possible for fragments to become lodged in a finished pizza.”

FSIS, FDA and the company have received no reports of injury associated with consumption of these products.

The FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Annie’s Homegrown Pizza hotline at (888) 825-6720.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov

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