Nestlé just announced a nationwide recall on a variety of DiGiorno frozen pepperoni pizzas due to labeling issues. The pizza recall affects nearly 28,000 pounds of products that may be mislabeled—and contain an undeclared allergen.
The frozen pizza recall specifically includes 26-ounce cartons that supposedly contain DiGiorno Pepperoni Crispy Pan Crust pizzas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) explains. However, as first discovered by a customer, the boxes may actually have frozen three-meat pizzas inside, which contain textured soy protein (a known food allergen).
The recalled DiGiorno pizzas were produced on June 30, 2021, and have a best-by date of March 2022 on the label. They also have a lot code reading 1181510721 and, inside the USDA mark of inspection, the boxes will read “EST. 1682A.” (See images of the recalled products and their labels on the FSIS site here.)
So far, there haven’t been any reports of health issues associated with the recall. But if someone who is allergic to soy protein accidentally consumes a soy product, they might experience tingling or itching in the mouth, swelling in the lips or tongue, hives, and flushing of the skin, the Mayo Clinic says. In severe cases, they can develop swelling in the airways that makes it difficult to breathe (anaphylaxis). In fact, soy (including soybeans and soy proteins) is one of nine major food allergens, which also include eggs, fish, milk, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and, as of this past April, sesame.
Anyone who purchased the recalled DiGiorno products should not eat them, the FSIS says. Instead, consumers should dispose of the pizzas or return them to the store where they were purchased.