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USDA Recalls Frozen Pizzas Containing Metal


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Home Run Inn Frozen Foods is urging consumers to check their freezers for its “Home Run Inn Chicago’s Premium Pizzeria Deluxe Sausage Classic Pizza” after discovering contamination of its product.

The company specifically raised the alarm over its 33.5-ounce cartons of pizza with a “best buy” date of “12/03/22.” The recall stated the contamination came in the form of “extraneous materials, specifically metal.”

Home Run Inn Frozen Foods said they became aware of the issue after consumers purchased the frozen pizzas and subsequently contacted the company to report finding metal in the product.

The company stated it produced the contaminated pizzas on June 6, and the boxes have an established ID number of “EST. 1848-A” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection mark.

Even though no one has been hurt or gotten sick, the USDA is asking people to check their freezers for the product and either return any unused portions to their place of purchase or throw it away.

The company shipped the contaminated pizzas to a distributor in Illinois. The pizzas were then sent to retailers in 35 different states, including Texas. Local retailers where the product can be found in North Texas include Tom Thumb, Albertsons, Target, H-E-B, and Walmart.

The USDA announced the product recall after Home Run Inn Frozen Foods contacted the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which issued a Class I recall, meaning officials identified the matter as “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

If customers have any questions regarding the recall, they can call Home Run Inn Frozen Foods at 630-783-9696.

Additional recalls consumers recently dealt with include 53 products from various Lyons Magnus brands, which were linked to food poisoning, and earlier this month, H-E-B recalled its ice cream, specifically the Creamy Creations Light Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, and Creamy Creations Light Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, due to the packaging not listing the allergen contained.

Still, the recall of Abbott Nutrition baby formula likely got the most attention as contributed to a nationwide baby formula shortage. Several infants consumed certain Abbott products and subsequently became severely ill or died, as reported by The Dallas Express.

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