ANNIE'S INC. TAKES PRECAUTION AFTER EXPOSURE OF METAL FRAGMENTS TO PIZZA DOUGH

February 1, 2013

pizza.jpgAnnie's Inc. cooperated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 22nd to issue a voluntary recall of all Annie's Homegrown Frozen Pizzas with a best by date between January 13, 2009 and September 14, 2013. The seven types of frozen pizzas were susceptible to contamination by a faulty screen at a third-party flour mill and may contain fragments of metal mesh.

The recalls include:

Organic Four Cheese Pizza, 23.5 oz UPC 013562 200016
Organic Pepperoni Pizza, 23.6 oz UPC 013562 200009
Organic Supreme Pizza, 25.4 oz UPC 013562 200023
Organic Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, 25.0 oz UPC 013562 200054
Four Cheese Pizza, 22.5 oz UPC 013562 200078
Pepperoni Pizza, 22.6 oz UPC 013562 200061
BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza, 23.1 oz UPC 013562 200092

Annie's Inc. initiated the recall, however at this point there have been no consumer complaints, injuries, illnesses or reports of contamination. The third-party flour mill identified fragments of the flexible metal mesh in the flour and pizza dough at one point, which led to the recall. The metal mesh pieces were too small to be detected by Annie's Inc.'s comprehensive metal control programs that use magnets and metal detection devices.

Annie's Inc. announced that it is now receiving flour from a different supplier. The company released a statement saying that it will be working with its manufacturers to review and improve their metal control programs as well.

Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products may return them to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. Questions or reports of contamination can be reported to the Annie's Homegrown Pizza Recall Hotline at 1-888-825-6720 or by visiting www.annies.com/pizzarecall to receive more information. The hotline is staffed by employees from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT, with a 24-hour recorded message after hours.

To see a list of recalled food and drug products, you can visit www.fda.gov and click on the Product Recall Page. The page has a search function to display recall information, and provides updates on the status of certain food recalls. The FDA has the authority to mandate food recalls under certain circumstances. By visiting www.foodsafety.gov, you can view all the most recent recalls. A smartphone app can also be downloaded to receive the most up-to-date recall information by visiting www.recalls.gov

If you suspect that a food or drug product (except meat, poultry, or egg products) is contaminated, you can phone the FDA Main Emergency Line at 866-300-4374. If you have a complaint about a meat, poultry, or egg product, you can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.