• Nestle USA is recalling DiGiorno frozen pepperoni pizza
  • The cartons actually contain three meat pizzas, which contain an allergen
  • The affected products were shipped to locations nationwide

Nestle USA is recalling 27,872 pounds of DiGiorno frozen pepperoni pizzas because of "misbranding and undeclared allergens." 

The cartons of "DIGIORNO PEPPERONI CRISPY PAN CRUST" may actually contain frozen three meat pizza instead of pepperoni pizza, the recall notice posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website noted. It was first discovered after a customer complained about the mix-up.

Unlike pepperoni pizza, three meat pizza actually contains "textured soy protein," which is a known allergen. This means the product contains an allergen that's not declared on the label.

Soy allergy is a common food allergy, and it can be difficult for people to avoid products that contain soy because it is actually present in many products such as meat, baked goods, cereals and even chocolate.

Some common symptoms of an allergic reaction to soy include itching around or in the mouth, hives, swelling of certain body parts or, in rare cases, a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

"A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) is rare with a soy allergy," Mayo Clinic noted. "It's more likely to occur in people who also have asthma or who are allergic to other foods besides soy, such as peanuts."

There have so far been no confirmed reports of any adverse reaction to the recalled pepperoni pizzas. But those who have already bought the products should either throw them away or take them to the place of purchase.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' freezers," FSIS noted. "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them."

The recall affects "26-oz. carton containing 'DIGIORNO PEPPERONI CRISPY PAN CRUST' with lot code 1181510721 and 'Best Buy' date of MAR2022 on the label," the agency noted. They were produced on June 30 with "EST. 1682A," which can be found within the USDA mark of inspection, and were shipped to retail locations and distribution centers "nationwide." Images of the affected product's packaging are available on the website.

"Establishment 1682A is Nation Pizza Products Limited, which is owned by Nestle USA, Inc.," FSIS noted. pizza-1238734_1920 Pepperoni Pizza Photo: Shutterbug75/Pixabay