Check your shopping cart if you’re in the grocery store right now. Or look in your freezer if you’re at home! Do you have a box of DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust pepperoni pizza in there? Don’t take it. Don’t make it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a pizza recall this week. It was for nearly 28,000 pounds of that frozen pepperoni pizza.

Why the pizza recall? 

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 requires U.S. manufacturers of packaged food items to state clearly on the label if it contains soy or a soy-based ingredient. People can have very bad allergic reactions to soy.

It turns out the boxes labeled as “DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust Pepperoni Pizza” might instead be “DiGiorno Three Meat Crispy Pan Crust Pizza.” And the three meat kind contains soy in the beef & sausage toppings. Oh-oh.

 Official Pizza Recall Statement

“WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2021 – Nestle USA Inc., a firm in Schaumburg, Ill., is recalling approximately 27,872 pounds of frozen DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust pepperoni pizza due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains textured soy protein, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

The frozen pepperoni pizza product carton may contain frozen three meat pizza, which contains textured soy protein. The pizza products were produced on June 30, 2021. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 26-oz. carton containing “DIGIORNO PEPPERONI CRISPY PAN CRUST” with lot code 1181510721 and “Best Buy” date of MAR2022 on the label. 

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 1682A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Establishment 1682A is Nation Pizza Products Limited, which is owned by Nestle USA, Inc. These items were shipped to retail locations and distribution centers nationwide.

So… how did the Digiorno folks learn of the mix-up? Quality Control? I don’t think so, since nearly 28,000 pounds were shipped and are now being recalled. Reports are that there was a consumer complaint sent in about the mislabeling.  

Big thumbs up to a fellow pizza eater who pointed this out! 

Official Commentaries

What does Nestle/Digiorno have to say?

“Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume them. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. For consumers not allergic to soy, there is no safety issue with this product.”

What else does the USDA have to say?

This is “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Thus far, there haven’t been any confirmed reports of negative reactions by customers who ate the frozen pizza. 

Reactions to Soy Allergies              

What reactions would there be?

The Johns Hopkins Medicine website indicates that allergic symptoms may begin within minutes up to an hour after eating food. In addition, symptoms vary per person but these are among the most common:

  • Swelling and itching of lips and mouth
  • Tightness in the throat or hoarse voice
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and cramps
  • Itchy, raised bumps (hives)
  • Swelling of the skin
  • Itching

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. It is life-threatening. Symptoms can include those above as well as the following:

  • Trouble breathing or wheezing
  • Feeling as if the throat is closing or that the lips and tongue are swelling 
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Itching of palms and soles of feet
  • Feeling faint
  • Nausea
  • Fast pulse
  • Low blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness

Who to Contact

Do you still have questions in your mind about the DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust pepperoni pizza recall? Contact Bonita Cleveland. She is the Consumer Services Manager at Nestle USA. Her phone number is 1-800-681-1676 or you can email her at bonita.cleveland@us.nestle.com.

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