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Minn. Pizza Company Recalls Pies with False Product Labels


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Minn. Pizza Company Recalls Pies with False Product Labels

Product Labels On Pizza Lack Allergen Information

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Junction Pizza, located in Grey Eagle, Minn., is recalling roughly 17,194 pounds of frozen pizza packaged with product labels that do not list soy lecithin as an ingredient. Under USDA regulations, allergens, like soy lecithin, must be listed on custom food labels.

The 16 products Junction Pizza is recalling include a variety of frozen pizzas weighing between 18.9 and 39 onces and are labeled with the company's establishment number, 40038, and their production dates, which range between March 27 and Sept. 23, 2013.

Inspection Reveals Faulty Labels on Food Products
A USDA Food Safety and Inspections Services routine label review found a selection of Junction Pizza's labels on food products did not include soy lecithin in ingredient lists. The agency explained the allergen is among the eight most common in the country, and the company uses it as a releasing agent in its pizza crusts.

While neither the FSIS nor Junction Pizza have received reports of adverse reactions to the frozen pizza products in question, the agency is conducting its routine investigation to ensure the company is communicating the recall effectively.