Over 7,000 Frozen Pizzas Recalled

(RepublicanJournal.org) – Thousands of pizzas have been recalled after inspectors discovered they’re an allergy risk. The list of ingredients on the box left out a potential hazard. Now the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to return the pizzas or throw them away — even though almost everyone can eat them safely.

On April 26, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a recall for 8,221 pounds of frozen pizza manufactured by 802 VT Frozen, a food company in Newport, Vermont. The alert cites “misbranding and undeclared allergens” and applies to the company’s Frozen Meat!!! Crispy Wood-Fired Crust Hand Made Pizza, with a use-by date of April 25, 2024, through April 25, 2025. The pizzas contain soy but don’t mention the ingredient on the packaging.

People who have a soy allergy can develop a variety of symptoms if they’re exposed to the common ingredient. These include hives, stomach cramps, coughing, itching, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. In severe cases, a soy allergy can also lead to anaphylaxis, which can depress breathing and affect heart rate and blood pressure; anaphylaxis is potentially deadly.

People who suffer from a soy allergy are advised to avoid all products that contain soy proteins; to help them do this, there’s a legal requirement in the US that any food containing soy has to list it among the ingredients. 802 VT Frozen failed to do this with this batch of pizzas — and when the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service detected soy, the pizzas were recalled.

The FDA says it has no confirmed reports of anyone suffering any problems from the pizzas, but it’s advising consumers not to eat them. Instead, it says, anyone who bought them should either throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased. Around 0.3% of Americans have a soy allergy; it’s more common in children, at around 0.4% of infants, but often disappears as children reach adulthood.

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