On Wednesday, California-based food supplier RBR Meat Company Inc. announced a recall of about 21,220 pounds of frozen pizza due to possible listeria contamination. The recall affects the company's Marketside brand sold in Walmart stores. So which Marketside pizzas from Walmart were recalled? RBR issued its recall only for one of its 16-inch supreme pizzas. RBR didn't respond to Romper's additional request for comment.
According to Fox News, RBR Meat Company recalled its Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza that was produced on Feb. 23 and packaged in a 50.6-ounce corrugated box with the lot code 20547. The product was sold in Walmart stores in 11 states throughout the West and Hawaii.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the issue was discovered during one of its routine product samplings. The FSIS found that the 16-inch extra large supreme pizza may be contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium, which can cause listeriosis. Listeriosis is a potentially fatal food-borne infection that can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, stiff neck, headaches, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listeriosis during pregnancy, though, could lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, life-threatening infection of the newborn, or stillbirth.
The CDC reports that an estimated 1,600 people are infection with listeriosis each year, with about 260 deaths. Pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, and elderly people are most susceptible to becoming infected with listeria.
RBR Company's recall announcement comes days after Vulto Creamery pulled four additional cheeses from store shelves due to potential listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Vulto, a dairy company based in Walton, New York, issued a recall earlier this month for eight raw milk cheeses sold throughout the country, most notably Whole Foods. The USDA and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets discovered the listeria contamination after routine product testing. The FDA reports that listeria outbreak caused by contaminated Vulto cheese products has been responsible for six illnesses and two confirmed deaths.
Vulto Creamery's recall expansion announced on Saturday brings the total number of cheese products pulled to 12.
The USDA urges anyone who has bought the Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza with lot code 20547 to discard the product or return to Walmart to request a refund. Consumers who need more information can contact the FSIS at 1-888-674-6854.