Home Run Inn Frozen Pizza’s Recalled Due to Metal Contamination
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a statement about the recall of roughly 13,100 pounds of frozen meat pizzas from Home Run Inn Frozen Foods due to possible metal contamination (FSIS).
Consumers complained to Home Run Inn that they had found metal pieces in their pizza, prompting the restaurant to issue a recall. There have been no confirmed reports of accidents or other adverse reactions from persons who have eaten any of the pizzas, the FSIS stated as of the publication date.
The Home Run Inn Chicago’s Premium Pizzeria Deluxe Sausage Classic Pizza in 33.5-ounce cartons with a best by date of December 3, 2022 are the precise frozen pizzas affected by the recall. They were manufactured on June 6, 2022.
The affected products bear the USDA mark of inspection that includes the numbers “EST. 18498-A.” Agency officials express concern that “some product may be found at distributor and retail locations” or in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have acquired these items are strongly advised to dispose of them rather than risk potential illness.
The presence of metal in food begs the question, how does it get there? Darin Detwiler, director of regulatory relations for Northeastern University’s Food and Food Industries programme, tells SELF that in most cases, the problem is likely to have occurred during production. During the manufacturing of food, “Metal shavings and other debris can end up in food from machines involved in processing,” he explains. “There are a lot of recalls due to machine parts and physical debris that can cause harm.”
The “safety of our customers” and the “quality of our products” are “paramount,” a Home Run Inn spokeswoman said in a statement provided. Following the recall, the company has confirmed that it is “working closely” with the USDA. The FSIS advises that anyone who finds one of these pizzas in their freezer get rid of it immediately or take it back to the store from whence they purchased it for a full refund. Make an appointment with a doctor if you suspect you may have sustained an injury or sickness.