“What do you want on your Tombstone?” an ad campaign for a popular brand of frozen pizza asked sometime back.
The question has arisen again, but this time it is not being posed in conjunction Tombstone Pizza, and the question is potentially serious. The website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published an alert on Wednesday noting Annie's Homegrown Frozen Pizza had been voluntarily recalled due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh.
The company said that the problem had been traced to a third-party flour mill that prepares ingredients for the pizza crust. A statement explained that pieces of the screen had been found in both the flour and in prepared pizza dough.
The recall affects all varieties of Annie’s Rising Crust Frozen Pizza with a best by date including and between 09Jan13 and 14Sep13 (January 9, 2013 and September 14, 2013). In addition, recalled items can be identified by the following UPC codes:
- Organic Four Cheese Pizza, 23.5 oz UPC 013562 200016
- Organic Pepperoni Pizza, 23.6 oz UPC 013562 200009
- Organic Supreme Pizza, 25.4 oz UPC 013562 200023
- Organic Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, 25.0 oz UPC 013562 200054
- Four Cheese Pizza, 22.5 oz UPC 013562 200078
- Pepperoni Pizza, 22.6 oz UPC 013562 200061
- BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza, 23.1 oz UPC 013562 200092
The FDA emphasizes that the recall is purely a precaution and that no metal has been found in Annie’s finished product. In addition, there have been no consumer complaints, illnesses, or injuries reported.
Consumers who have purchased any of the affected product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Annie's Homegrown Pizza Recall Hotline at 1-888-825-6720 or visit www.annies.com/pizzarecall for more information. The hotline will be staffed in person from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT, along with a 24-hour a-day recorded message.
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