You might want to think twice before you unwrap that frozen pizza for your next movie night. Nestlé USA has recently recalled four different varieties of its frozen pizzas due to possible contaminants.
Small bits of plastic have reportedly been found in some California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizza, which led Nestlé to investigate and subsequently issue its recall. The affected varieties are DiGiorno and CPK pizzas, all of which were produced in February and March of this year.
Check Your Freezer
Since the pizzas in question were produced relatively recently, Nestlé has advised that consumers check out their freezers to make sure that they don’t have any of the pizzas that have been affected. The varieties in question are as follows:
- California Pizza Kitchen Crispy Thin Crust White
- California Pizza Kitchen Limited edition Grilled Chicken with Cabernet Sauce
- DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza Tuscan Style Chicken
- DiGiorno Pizzeria! Bianca/White Pizza
Each of these pizza varieties might contain little bits of plastic, according to reports from a small number of consumers.
If you have recently bought any of these types of pizza, you might want to check out the contents of your freezer. In case there is any confusion, here’s the additional UPC information for each variety:
- California Pizza Kitchen Crispy Thin Crust White: UPC 71921 98745. Production codes 3062525951, 3062525952 and 3063525951.
- California Pizza Kitchen Limited Edition Grilled Chicken with Cabernet Sauce: UPC 71921 00781. Production code 3059525952.
- DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza Tuscan Style Chicken: UPC 71921 02663. Production codes 3057525922 and 3058525921.
- DiGiorno Pizzeria! Bianca/White Pizza: UPC 71921 91484. Production code 3068525951.
After posting their announcement on the FDA’s website, Nestlé USA was quick to begin assessing the cause of these little bits of plastic on their pizzas. The good news is that only a small number of consumers reported finding the plastic fragments and they were only found on California Pizza Kitchen Thin Crust White pizzas.
Once the incident was reported, Nestlé was able to figure out where the bits of plastic had come from:
“The company traced the fragments to a lot of spinach received from one of its suppliers. That prompted recalls of the other three pizza varieties that used this spinach, though no complaints were received for those varieties.”
Stores have been asked to pull the affected pizzas from shelves, so if you’ve got pizza on your grocery list it’s unlikely that you’ll wind up buying one of the recalled items.
Still, if you’ve got a pizza in the freezer it might be a great idea to check the packaging and make sure that yours isn’t among the problematic batches.
Eating healthy is always important, and avoiding dishes that contain bits of plastic definitely falls under that category.
Stay Sharp, Pay Attention to Recall Announcements
A food-related recall only serves to underscore the importance that surrounds this type of announcement. It’s smart to keep your eye out for product recalls. You never know when something that you use every single day could place you in a dangerous situation.
Of course, product recalls are usually announced as soon as a manufacturer becomes aware of the issue, but this is only useful to the consumer who manages to catch the recall.
So tell us — what do you do to make sure that you’re up-to-date on the most recent recalls and consumer alerts?
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