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Mislabeling Prompts Pepperoni Stuffed Pizza Sandwich Recall

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Rockwall, Texas-based Astrochef LLC is recalling approximately 7,363 pounds of Banquet Mega frozen pepperoni stuffed pizza sandwiches because the mislabeled product contains undeclared soy, a known allergen. This reportedly amounts to 11,781 packages of the Conagra Brands item.

While the products are labeled as pepperoni stuffed pizza sandwiches, they may contain meatballs with soy ingredients, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Distributed to retail chains nationwide, the 10-ounce (283g) twin-packs being recalled have codes of No. 5659915510 and a best by date of May/29/2020, or No. 5659918410 with a best by date of JUN/27/2020.

The problem was discovered when the producer received consumer complaints about packs containing undeclared ingredients. Thus far there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Further information is available by ringing the Conagra Consumer Care at line: +1 800-672-8152.

The FSIS, concerned that some products may still be in home freezers, urges consumers to throw them away or return packs to the place of purchase for disposal and a full refund.

This is the second recall of a Conagra Brands frozen product made by the Astrochef co-packer during the last four months. In September of 2019 it recalled approximately 11,475 pounds of frozen chicken products incorrectly labeled as Pub Style Steak & Ale beef entrees due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The Marie Callender’s label SKU contained soy. No adverse reactions to the known allergen were reported.