Pizza Company Issues Preventative 17,000 Pound Recall For Undeclared Allergin

More than 17,000 pounds of food from Junction Pizza have been recalled due to an allergen known as soy lecithin. While this allergen is safe for most people, it has the potential to cause diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain in others that react to it.

The USDA has announced that all products bearing the establishment number “EST. 40038” or “P-40038” and a “made on date” between March 27, 2013 and September 23, 2013 should be returned to the proper locations, or tossed out completely.

Some of the foods under the recall include:

  • 30.5 oz packages of Italian sausage thick crust.
  • 20 oz packages of Italian sausage with a thin crust.
  • 23 oz packages of bacon cheeseburger thin crust.
  • 31.5 oz packages of bacon cheeseburger thick crust.
  • 32 oz packages of Canadian bacon with pineapple, thick crust.

A full list can be found in the sources below.

There are hundreds of food recalls each year, but most never make the news. However, sometimes the recalls represent major oversights in food safety that put thousands of people at risk, such as the salmonella scares in recent years or the e-coli threat in the 1990’s.

This particular oversight was found by a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) employee. FSIS is the organization responsible for ensuring that food producers and manufacturers correctly label the most common food allergens. As yet, no severe health problems or injuries have been reported as a result of the mistake, but anyone with questions or concerns about the recall can contact the company’s owner, Stephanie Austing, at 320-304-4768.

If you have purchased any products from Junction Pizza during the time-frame above, inspect it closely to ensure it does not meet the recall criteria.

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-966-LECITHIN.aspx?activeIngredientId=966&activeIngredientName=LECITHIN http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/09/mn-pizza-firm-recalls-products-for-misbranding-undeclared-allergen/#.UlLvv1CsiSo