Whole Foods recalled 73,898 pounds of mislabeled pepperoni pizza products Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
The pizzas were labeled as containing "uncured beef pepperoni," but in actuality, the pepperoni was uncured pork. Some people have an allergic sensitivity to pork, while others consciously exclude the meat from their diets for religious, cultural or other reasons.
Whole Foods retail shops in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island carried the mislabeled pizzas, which were made between Jan. 5 and Jan. 22, 2016. The following two products were recalled:
- 10-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “WHOLE FOODS MARKETS, PIZZA, PEPPERONI, 8”
- 19-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “WHOLE FOODS MARKETS, PIZZA, PEPPERONI, 12”
The recalled pizzas are marked with establishment number “EST. 20234” and have sell-by dates of Jan. 12, 2015 through Jan. 30, 2016. See photos of the pizza labels at FSIS.gov.
While there haven't been any reports of negative reactions to the products, the FSIS urges consumers to throw away the products or return them to Whole Foods. If you are concerned about an illness associated with consumption of the pizzas, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
You can call Whole Foods at (512) 477-5566 ext. 20060 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday with any questions or concerns.
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