March 22, 2017
Vernon, California-based RBR Meat Company, Inc. recalled 21,220 pounds of frozen pizza product due to possible listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Wal-Mart owned Marketside pizza was sold in 11 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to Larry Vanden Bos, vice president of Rose & Shore, a company within the same facility as RBR . Wal-Mart has withdrawn the product from all their stores.
The specific product in question, made Feb. 23, 2017, is the "Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza" bearing lot code 20547 and establishment number "EST. 1821" within the USDA's inspection mark. It's in a 50.6 oz box with a 16-inch shrink wrapped pizza inside. Consumers can see what it looks like here. The pizza is topped with sausage, pepperoni, peppers, black olives and onions.
The company found out the issue while conducting routine sampling. "We are unaware of any illnesses to date linked to purchases," Wal-Mart spokesperson Molly Blakeman said in a statement. Both the company as well as the FSIS are worried consumers could have the product sitting in their freezers.
If consumers did purchase the product, they should either dispose of it or take it back to the store, according to a FSIS press release.
Eating listeria-contaminated food could result in listeriosis, which can be treated with antibiotics. The infection mostly impacts older people, those with weakened immune systems as well as pregnant women and their newborns. It could mean fever and loss of balance, among other symptoms. It might even cause miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women.
Those exposed in these higher-risk categories -- and those having flu-like symptoms within two months since exposure -- should let their health care provider know about what they consumed.
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