The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today announced a voluntary recall by Annie’s Inc. of Berkeley, Calif., affecting all varieties of Annie’s Rising Crust Frozen Pizza with a “best by” date on or between 09Jan13 and 14Sep13 (January 9, 2013, and September 14, 2013). The pizzas are being recalled due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at a third-party flour mill.
Although there have been no consumer complaints, illnesses or injuries reported to date, Annie’s Inc. is taking this precautionary step. The company announced the recall after learning a fine metal mesh screen failed at a third-party flour mill and fragments of flexible metal mesh were found in the flour and pizza dough. Although all Annie’s manufacturers have comprehensive metal control programs that include magnets and metal detection devices, pieces of the fine wire were too small to be detected and could have found their way into the finished product.
The pizzas were distributed to retail stores nationwide, including Colorado, and may have been available for purchase at Target, King Soopers, Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers and Albertsons.
Annie’s will be working with USDA, FDA and retail locations to ensure the recalled products are removed from store shelves. Consumers who have purchased products affected by this voluntary recall can return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Annie's Homegrown Pizza Recall Hotline at 1-888-825-6720 or visit www.annies.com/pizzarecall for more information.
Affected products can be identified by the following product code information:
• 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