Walmart Marketside pizza recall: Could have plastic in it

Walmart pizza recallA Midwest private label manufacturer has issued a recall for Marketside pizza, a Walmart store brand, over concerns small pieces of plastic could have gotten into the food.

Great Kitchens, Inc., of Romeoville, Ill.,issued the recall for about 110,000 pounds of BBQ chicken pizza, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

"The company discovered small pieces of plastic during production of the product," the USDA said in a news release.

No reports of illness or injury has been tied to the product.

The pizza subject to recall are the following:
  • 28.5-ounce Marketside, 16-inch BBQ Recipe Thin Crust Chicken Pizza
  • 14-pound, 4-ounce cases of Marketside 16-inch BBQ Chicken Pizza, with eight 16-inch pizzas, with case codes of 11016611, 11016621, 11016711, or 11016721.
  • Boxes are carry the establishment number P-2539B inside the USDA inspection mark. The pizza was made June 15 and 16 and shipped nationwide.

Walmart spokeswoman Christi Davis Gallagher sent the following statement to Consumer Ally:

"Food safety is a top priority at Walmart. When we learned about a recall of Great Kitchens, Inc., barbecue chicken pizzas, which are sold in our stores under the brand name Marketside, we directed the stores to immediately locate the specific items and case codes and remove them from the shelves. We want our customers to have total confidence in our Marketside products. That's why, in addition to directing our stores to immediately remove the recalled items, we took the extra precaution of placing a computerized block on the recalled products so they cannot pass through the cash register. We encourage any customer who believes that they may have the impacted product to return it to their nearest Walmart for a full refund or replacement."

Walmart carries a lengthy list of products on its recall site to let customers know which products sold at the company's stores have been recalled, but as of about 10:30 a.m. Monday Eastern Time did not have the pizza listed.

Trademark records show that Walmart owns the trademark for Marketplace branded food. And Walmart maintains the Marketside website. Great Kitchens, like other private label manufacturers, makes products that are sold by their customers under a variety of different brands.

For additional information, contact Great Kitchens President and CEO Gerald Coghlan at (815) 306-7171.

The pizza recall comes on the heels of several other high-profile food recalls in the past week or so, including SpaghettiOs, a collection of Kellogg cereals (Froot Loops and Apple Jacks among them) and Marie Callender's frozen dinners.

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