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News Release

Minnesota Firm Recalls Pizza Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen

Class II Recall 056-2013
Health Risk: Low Sep 27, 2013

Congressional and Public Affairs
Joan Lindenberger 
(202) 720-9113

 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2013 – Junction Pizza, a Grey Eagle, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 17,194 pounds of frozen pizza products that contain soy lecithin, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product labels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include: [Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 30.5-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Italian Sausage Thick Crust”  
  • 20-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Italian Sausage Thin Crust”
  • 31.5-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Bacon Cheeseburger Thick Crust”
  • 23-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Bacon Cheeseburger Thin Crust”
  • 32-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Canadian Bacon Pineapple Thick Crust”
  • 22.5-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Canadian Bacon Pineapple Thin Crust”
  • 29-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Breakfast Pizza”
  • 29.4-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Pepperoni Thick Crust”
  • 18.9-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Pepperoni Thin Crust”
  • 31-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Canadian Bacon Thick Crust”
  • 35.1-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Chicken Alfredo Thick Crust”
  • 24.6-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Chicken Alfredo Thin Crust”
  • 39-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, BBQ Chicken Thick Crust”
  • 24.6-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, BBQ Chicken Thin Crust”
  • 31.3-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Bacon Chicken Ranch Thick Crust”
  • 20.8-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Bacon Chicken Ranch Thin Crust”

The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 40038” or “P-40038” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and a “made on date” between “3 27 13” and “9 23 13” that appears on a sticker on the back of the product. The products were produced between March 27 and Sept. 23, 2013, and shipped to retail stores in the Grey Eagle, Minn., area.

The problem was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during a routine label review. FSIS personnel are responsible for verifying that establishments are actively labeling the eight most common food allergens. The undeclared soy lecithin is used as a releasing agent in the pizza crust, which was purchased from an outside source.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact Stephanie Austing, the company owner, at (320) 304-4768.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/report-a-problem-with-food.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I 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.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Oct 21, 2013