Nestlé USA is recalling approximately 27,872 pounds of frozen DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust Pepperoni Pizza due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on September 26. The products contain textured soy protein, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.
The affected pizzas are labeled as DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust Pepperoni Pizza, but in fact are DiGiorno Three Meat Crispy Pan Crust Pizza, which contain soy in the beef topping and sausage crumbles. They have been distributed in 26 oz. boxes containing pizza in a tray with a plastic overwrap labeled “DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust Pepperoni Pizza,” with a manufacturing date of June 30, 2021, “best by” date of March 2022 and batch code 1181510721. The “best by” date of March 2022 and batch code appear on the side of the package.
A limited quantity of the product with mismatched packaging was distributed to retailers in the United States only. The product being recalled was produced on June 30, 2021. No other production dates of DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust Pepperoni Pizza, and no other DiGiorno products are impacted by this recall.
The problem was discovered after Nestlé USA was contacted by a consumer.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the pizza. Anyone concerned about an injury, illness or allergic reaction should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers allergic to soy who have purchased the product in question are urged not to consume them, but to throw the package away or return it to the place of purchase. For persons not allergic to soy, there is no safety issue to be concerned about. – Reported by Malcolm Cameron