The North Jersey product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that Whole Foods Market has recalled nearly 74,000 pounds of frozen pizza due to concerns about a mislabeled ingredient.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall this week. The Whole Foods Markets pepperoni pizzas were labeled as containing "uncured beef pepperoni," but FSIS discovered that uncured pork was used instead.
Some people do have an allergic sensitivity to pork, but it is also a concern for some religious groups or cultures that exclude the meat from their diets.
The recall affects Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. The recalled pizzas were made between January 5 and January 22, and have sell by dates of Jan. 12, 2015 through Jan. 30, 2016. They have establishment numbers of "EST. 20234" and the products include:
- 10-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of "Whole Foods Markets, Pizza, Pepperoni, 8"
- 19-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of "Whole Foods Markets, Pizza, Pepperoni, 12"
No adverse health effects have been reported, but FSIS urged customers to throw away the pizzas or return them to the Whole Foods where they purchased them for a full refund.
Customers with questions can call Whole Foods at (512) 477-5566 ext. 20060 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET., or contact the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) 674-6854 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
This is a class II FSIS recall, meaning "there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product."
If you or a loved one suffered injury or loss due to this, or any Whole Foods product, legal recourse may be available. To find out if you are eligible to file a claim seeking renumeration for damages including, but not limited to, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering, contact the talented and experienced New Jersey product liability lawyers at Breslin and Breslin today.