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Nearly 13 Tons of Pizza Toppings Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Restaurants and institutions that purchased the meat toppings are encouraged to return or dispose of them.

Ezzo Sausage Company has alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of a positive sample result for foodborne illness: Listeria monocytogenes.

The 25,115 pounds of ready-to-eat pepperoni toppings were produced on October 29 and 30 and November 5 and had just shipped to two distribution centers in Indiana and Ohio. FSIS is concerned that some of the infected products may be in distribution centers, restaurants or institutional refrigerators or freezers. FSIS also warned the restaurants and institutions that purchased those specific toppings to return or dispose of them. Customers can identify products by the establishment number “EST. 1838A,” which is printed inside the USDA mark of inspection.

There have been no reports of anyone infected with listeriosis, a serious and sometimes fatal infection that affects adults, those with weak immune systems, and pregnant women or newborns. Fortunately, the recall was due to Ezzo’s own product testing so the actual risk is minimized.

The specific pepperoni products are listed here.