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MN Pizza Firm Recalls Products For Misbranding, Undeclared Allergen

Junction Pizza of Grey Eagle, MN, has recalled more than 17,000 pounds of frozen pizza products containing soy lecithin, a known allergen which was not declared on the product labels.

According to a recall notice from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the products subject to recall include:

  • 30.5-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Italian Sausage Thick Crust”
  • 20-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Italian Sausage Thin Crust”
  • 31.5-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Bacon Cheeseburger Thick Crust”
  • 23-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Bacon Cheeseburger Thin Crust”
  • 32-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Canadian Bacon Pineapple Thick Crust”
  • 22.5-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Canadian Bacon Pineapple Thin Crust”
  • 29-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Breakfast Pizza”
  • 29.4-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Pepperoni Thick Crust”
  • 18.9-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Pepperoni Thin Crust”
  • 31-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Canadian Bacon Thick Crust”
  • 35.1-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Chicken Alfredo Thick Crust”
  • 24.6-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Chicken Alfredo Thin Crust”
  • 39-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, BBQ Chicken Thick Crust”
  • 24.6-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, BBQ Chicken Thin Crust”
  • 31.3-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Bacon Chicken Ranch Thick Crust”
  • 20.8-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Bacon Chicken Ranch Thin Crust”

The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 40038” or “P-40038” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and a “made on date” between “3 27 13” and “9 23 13” that appears on a sticker on the back of the product. The products were produced between March 27 and Sept. 23, 2013, and shipped to retail stores in the Grey Eagle, Minn., area.

The problem was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during a routine label review. FSIS personnel are responsible for verifying that establishments are actively labeling the eight most common food allergens. The undeclared soy lecithin is used as a releasing agent in the pizza crust, which was purchased from an outside source.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact Stephanie Austing, the company owner, at (320) 304-4768.

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  • Jim

    Was just looking for Junction Pizza website to find where I could buy it in the twin cities area because its the best frozen pizza I have ever had – and I had to find this ridiculous article about soy lecithin. First it was peanuts, then gluten, now soy lecithin and who knows what else. All I know is that if I had a serious (as in life-threatening) allegery, I wouldn’t eat any processed foods no matter what the label said. So USDA, great job!! Maybe you just put Junction Pizza out of business.