Over 10,00 Pounds of Pepperoni Pizza Recalled over Missed Inspection

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All food products sold in the US are inspected by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Well, they usually are.

Recently, Florida-based Ready Dough Pizza issued a recall for over 10,000 pounds of its pepperoni pizza after the products missed federal inspections. This would be a big problem by itself because without federal inspection the company might have accidentally shipped dangerous products.

Beyond just missing inspection, however, some of these pizza products are also either mislabeled or missing labels altogether. This is a huge issue, as the pizzas contain milk, wheat, and soybeans, which are all common allergens that consumers need to know about before they purchase a food item. 

What Is Recalled?

The recall applies to Ready Dough Pizza’s 14-ounce packages of Pizza Cubana Cuban Style Pepperoni Pizza, which were sold in Florida stores. The affected products were created between January 12, 2022, through July 13, 2022, so if you’ve purchased any pizza products in Florida in the past six months, you might have been exposed to these recalled items. 

The items are frozen packages sold in grocery stores and marketed as freezer dinners. Neither the FSIS nor Ready Dough Pizza are aware of any adverse reactions from exposure to the recalled products.

Notably, it’s possible that there is nothing wrong with the items. However, without a federal inspection or a proper item label, it’s impossible to know for certain.

What Should You Do?

If you’ve purchased a recalled product, the FSIS urges you to return it to the retailer you purchased it from to seek a refund. If you no longer possess the receipt for the items, discard them instead to avoid exposure to unmarked ingredients. Officially, food items sold in the US aren’t allowed to be sold without a federal inspection and without proper labels.

If you’ve ingested any of the recalled products, don’t panic. The FSIS and Ready Dough Pizza haven’t heard any reports of adverse reactions from the pizzas, so the odds are good that there’s nothing wrong with them. The recall has been issued out of an abundance of caution. Outside of allergic reactions to wheat, soy, and milk, it’s unlikely that the items are actually bad for you. 

However, if you’re concerned about the safety of these frozen food items, you can reach out to Ready Dough Pizza or the FSIS with any questions regarding the recall. Just remember to be careful when buying food products and keep your eyes peeled for ingredient labels and proper inspection seals.