Pizza Recall; Risk of Death

( – Thousands of packages of frozen meat pizzas distributed by Walmart have been subject to recall due to issues of misbranding and the presence of undeclared allergens that pose serious health risks, including death.

The implicated products, manufactured by 802 VT Frozen located in Newport, contained soy, a recognized allergen, according to the announcement of the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Soy allergies impact approximately one in thirteen children under the age of three, with reactions ranging from respiratory difficulties and weak pulse to gastrointestinal discomfort and cognitive disorientation, as detailed by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The College also highlighted the potential for anaphylaxis in rare cases, describing it as “a potentially life-threatening reaction that impairs breathing, causes a sudden drop in blood pressure and can send the body into shock,” a condition that necessitates immediate intervention with an epi pen.

Despite the severity of potential reactions, the USDA has confirmed that there have been “no confirmed reports of adverse reactions” resulting from consumption of these pizzas, which feature a topping combination of Italian-style sweet sausage, pepperoni, and meatballs over a blend of mozzarella and provolone cheese.

The presence of soy in more than 8,000 packages of pizzas was identified by the FSIS during their routine verification activities, The New York Post reports.

“FSIS determined that the product contained soy, which was not declared on the label,” the USDA clarified.

The recall specifically targets packages marked with a “best if used by” date between April 25, 2024, and April 25, 2025, and bearing the establishment number “EST. 46308” on the USDA inspection mark, as noted in an alert on the Department of Agriculture’s website.

Consumers are advised that the soy-laced frozen pizzas can be returned for a refund to the stores where they were purchased.

The USDA identified these locations as grocery chains, including Walmart, across several states: New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Additionally, FSIS disclosed last week that over a dozen ground beef products from Greater Omaha Packing Co. might be contaminated with E. coli.

The agency expressed concern over these products being present in both consumers’ and food service institutions’ freezers and strongly advised against consuming them due to the risk of contamination.

The affected products, processed on March 28, should display an April 22 “Use/Freeze by” date and the establishment number “EST. 960A.”

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