Whole Foods Pepperoni Pizza Recalled for Meat Mix-Up

Label read uncured beef pepperoni when the product actually featured pork
pepperoni pizza

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Approximately 73,898 pounds of pepperoni pizza products were recalled due to misbranding.

‘Where’s the beef?’ is the question the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) asked during a label review of Whole Foods’ pepperoni pizza. The label read uncured beef pepperoni, however the pizzas actually contained uncured pork pepperoni instead, according to a release.

The mix-up is attributed to a change in ingredient suppliers, and resulted in a recall of approximately 73,898 pounds of pepperoni pizza products. The recalled pizzas, 8’’ and 12’’ vacuum-sealed pepperoni pizzas, were produced from January 5, 2015 through January 22, 2016. They bear establishment number ‘EST. 20234’ inside the USDA mark of inspection and have sell-by dates of January 12, 2015 through January 30, 2016.

There have been no reports of adverse reactions in consuming these products, however customers who have purchased the recalled pizzas are urged not to consume them and either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

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