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Annie’s Homegrown Inc. Recalls Frozen Pizzas Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Not a picture of actual Annies pizza – Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

While not a mainstream brand, these pizzas are shipped across the country.  We’ve received word that Annie’s Homegrown Inc., a Berkeley, Calif. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen pizzas that may be contaminated with extraneous materials and are the subject of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

All varieties of “Annie’s Homegrown RISING CRUST FROZEN PIZZA” with a “Best By” date including and between “09Jan13” and “14Sep13” are affected.

The following products are subject to USDA recall:

• 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

The products were manufactured at two facilities from May 9, 2012 to Jan. 17, 2013, and shipped to retail establishments across the United States.

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.

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. Media with questions about the recall should contact Donald C. Cutler, of Kekst & Company acting on behalf of Annie’s, at (415) 852-3903.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Problems_With_Food_Products/index.asp

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