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Whole Foods recalls mislabeled frozen pizzas

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Whole Foods has issued a recall for mislabeled frozen pizzas that fail to disclose they are made with pork.
Whole Foods has issued a recall for mislabeled frozen pizzas that fail to disclose they are made with pork.

Whole Foods is recalling almost 75,000 pounds of frozen pepperoni pizzas shipped throughout New England due to a labeling error that fails to disclose they are made with pork.

The pizzas are labeled as containing uncured beef pepperoni, when in fact they contain uncured pork pepperoni, which some people cannot eat for dietary or cultural reasons.

The pizzas were produced between Jan. 5, 2015, and Jan. 22, 2016, and shipped for sale to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

The recall applies to 10- and 19-ounce vacuum-sealed packages labeled "Whole Food Markets, pizza, pepperoni, 8" and "Whole Foods Market, pizza, pepperoni, 12." The packaging is marked with the code "EST. 20234" and has sell-by dates of Jan. 12, 2015, through Jan. 30, 2016.

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The problem, which resulted from a change in ingredient suppliers, was discovered during a label review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, according to Whole Foods.

"At Whole Foods Market we understand that our customers rely on us to provide accurate labeling to meet dietary needs," a company said in a statement. "This was an unfortunate human error and it has been corrected. We are working diligently to have this product back on our shelves as quickly as possible."

The grocery chain says there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the pizza, but it is asking consumers to throw away the pizzas or return them to the store where they were purchased.

All the pizza included in the recall was produced and labeled at Whole Foods' North Atlantic Kitchen facility in Everett, which supplies prepared foods and other products to the New England region.


Sacha Pfeiffer can be reached at pfeiffer@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SachaPfeiffer.