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Whole Foods Forced To Recall Over 70,000 lbs Of Pepperoni Pizza

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Frozen pizza enthusiasts in the East Coast will be displeased to hear that Whole Foods is issuing a recall of a batch of pepperoni pizzas. Consumerist reports that they were labeled “uncured beef pepperoni” but were actually pork pepperoni’s.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Whole Foods is recalling 73,898 pounds of pepperoni pizza products thanks to the inaccurate labeling.

For those who don’t eat pork, or have pork restrictions, this is a HUGE “No-No.”

Pizzas produced between Jan. 5, 2015 through Jan. 22, 2016 with the establishment number EST. 20234 are being removed from shelves. Specifically:

  • 10-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “WHOLE FOODS MARKETS, PIZZA, PEPPERONI, 8”
  • 19-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “WHOLE FOODS MARKETS, PIZZA, PEPPERONI, 12”

If you did end up buying the frozen pizzas, you can return them to where you bought them or simply through them out.

Photo: Pizza Stock

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Health

FDA Trans Fat Ban Spells Death to Margarine & Your Favorite Processed Foods

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The FDA dropped heavy news Thursday, announcing their move to eliminate artificial trans fats from processed food. This could mean a major change to many standard foods, from frozen pizzas to those gas station coffee creamers you hoard.

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the FDA’s commissioner, said the ban could prevent 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks from heart disease a year. Although many brands removed trans fats from their products, such as McDonald’s and Top Ramen, when the agency first required manufacturers to provide clear labeling seven years ago, it’s still present in many quick-and-cheap foods.

The proposal is now up for 60 days of public comment, after which the FDA will declare partially hydrogenated oils — the root of trans fats — as no longer “generally recognized as safe.” If the proposal is able to eliminate trans fats altogether, even trace amounts will be banned. At the moment, products containing less than .5 grams of the oils are not required to be listed.

While companies have the chance to prove scientifically that trans fats are safe for consumption, given the overwhelming amount of evidence showing the contrary, that would be a difficult feat to accomplish. As NYT points out, the Institute of Medicine concluded that there is “no safe level for consumption of artificial trans fats.”

H/T NY Times 

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Whoops! PepsiCo Drops ‘All Natural’ Claim on Naked Juice

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After paying $9 million to settle a lawsuit, PepsiCo Inc. will be dropping Naked’s signature “all natural” label. The lawsuit was filed after a complaint was made that the juices’ ingredients weren’t exactly “natural.”

Although the company stated in an email that is uses “an added boost of vitamins” in select drinks, the lawsuit noted that the vitamins were synthetic ingredients, including a fiber manufactured by Archer Daniels Midland. According to USA Today, PepsiCo did not respond when questioned about the use of synthetic fibers in their juices.

The lawsuit further stated that the company knew its target market would pay more for “natural” drinks and cultivated a “healthy and socially conscious image” in order to bolster drink sales (each bottle normally costing $4 each).

At the moment, the Food and Drug Administration does not have an official definition of what constitutes a “natural” product. However, the FDA does not object to the term’s use for food void of any “added color, artificial flavors or synthetic substances.” Despite this, PepsiCo. will remove “natural” from its Naked juices until more terminology guidance is made.

H/T USA Today + PicThx Naked Juice