Another food recall has been issued due to manufacturing problems that resulted in metal fragment contamination, this time resulting in a recall for Annie’s Homegrown Organic Frozen Pizza.
The recall was issued by Annie’s Inc. on January 22, after metal mesh fragments were found in the flour and pizza dough. To date, no injuries or consumer complaints have been reported to the FDA or the manufacturer, but the metal fragments could pose a risk of internal injury for individuals who eat the frozen pizzas.
The contamination was caused by a faulty screen at a third-party flour mill that failed. The flexible pieces of fine wire were too small to be detected during the comprehensive metal control process and it is expected that they entered the finished product.
The Annie’s Homegrown Pizza recall consists of seven different styles of Annie’s rising crust frozen pizza including 23.5 oz. Organic Four Cheese Pizza with UPC 013562 200016, 23.6 oz. Organic Pepperoni Pizza with UPC 013562 200009, 25.4 oz. Organic Supreme Pizza with UPC 013562 200023, 25.0 oz. Organic Spinach and Mushroom Pizza with UPC 013562 200054, 22.5 oz. Four Cheese Pizza with UPC013562 200078, 22.6 oz. Pepperoni Pizza with UPC 013562 200061, and 23.1 oz. BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza with UPC 013562 200092. All of the products have best by dates of January 9, 2013, through September 14, 2013.
The recall comes just days after several popular brands of bagels including Thomas, Sara Lee and Weight Watchers brands, were recalled due to the presence of metal fragments in at least two packages that may have been caused by a faulty manufacturing part, posing a potential choking hazard for consumers.
Also, in October 2012, the popular cereal brand Mini-Wheats recalled about 282,000 cases of cereal due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh that came from a faulty manufacturing part.
Consumers have been advised to stop eating the recalled pizza and return any packages to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Questions concerning the recall should be directed to a hotline established by the manufacturer, at 1-888-825-6720, or by visting www.annies.com/pizzarecall for more information.