RBR Meat Company Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is recalling more than 21,000 pounds of frozen pizzas after learning they might be “adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.”
RBR’s Marketside Supreme Frozen Pizzas were sold at select Walmart locations in a 50.6-oz. box comprising of single shrink-wrapped 16-inch pizzas. The recalled pizza’s label should read “Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza,” with its lot code being 20547. The pizzas were shipped to Walmart distribution centers in Washington, Utah, Nevada and California.
According to the USDA, the frozen pizza recall qualifies as a Class 1 recall, meaning it is seen as a “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
FSIS was performing routine testing on various food products when it discovered the frozen pizza could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. However, the frozen pizza recall announcement states, “there are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from consumption of the pizzas at this time.”
Listeria monocytogenes are known to cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
FSIS and RBR Meat Company request that all consumers ensure that they have not purchased a recalled pizza. If so, please either throw the frozen pizza away or return it to the place of purchase.