Frozen Pizza Recall : Potential Allergen Mislabeling Risks Health

Joe Parker

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An extensive recall has been initiated by Vermont-based food company, 802 VT Frozen, involving approximately 8,221 pounds of frozen meat pizzas. The recall was prompted due to incorrect labeling that failed to disclose the presence of soy—a common allergen.

Details on affected products

The recalled item is described as “CRISPY WOOD-FIRED CRUST HAND MADE PIZZA” and was distributed across several Northeastern states including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Customers should look for products with a best if used by date ranging from April 25, 2024, to April 25, 2025, visible on the back of the packaging. These items also carry the establishment number EST.46308 within the USDA inspection mark.

Risks associated with undeclared allergens

Failing to declare soy can pose serious risks to individuals with an allergy or severe sensitivity to this ingredient. Ingestion may trigger a variety of symptoms ranging from mild (such as hives, rashes, facial swelling) to severe reactions like anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical attention due to symptoms like throat swelling, significant blood pressure drops, breathing difficulties, and potential loss of consciousness.

Consumer advice and guidance

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) advises consumers who have bought these pizzas to review their freezers. If they find the product described, it is imperative not to consume it, especially for those with a known allergy to soy. Although no illnesses have been reported thus far, consumers showing signs of an allergic reaction after consumption should seek immediate health care.

How to handle the recalled product

  • If found, avoid consumption of the listed pizza product.
  • Note the details and dates mentioned on the package.
  • Contact 802 VT Frozen for information on how to proceed regarding returns or disposals.
  • Monitor health and consult a healthcare provider if any allergic symptoms occur post-consumption.

Final thoughts and prevention

Recalls due to mislabeling underline ongoing challenges within food safety compliance and the importance of rigorous quality control measures throughout production and packaging processes. Companies must adhere strictly to guidelines to prevent such issues. Consumers are also urged to maintain vigilance, regularly checking updates from FSIS and other relevant food safety communications, to ensure the well-being of themselves and family members susceptible to allergies.

Involvement of regulatory authorities

The FSIS continues its routine checks to avoid such incidents in the future and encourages the public to report any related health incidents directly to them or through the provided consumer hotline. This contributes to better monitoring and quicker resolution heightening overall food safety standards nationally.

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