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Rogue metal sparks mass pizza recall

Published: 11 Dec 2012 15:12 GMT+01:00

Wagner, a frozen food manufacturer based in the western state of Saarland, told customers not to eat their “Big Pizza” or “Backfrische” products after bits of metal were found in the bases.

Parts of a machine used to carry flour are thought to have broken off and made their way into the dough mix.

One customer ended up with a two-centimetre piece of metal in his mouth which, he told the company, broke one of his teeth. A woman also told Wagner that she had spotted a shard in her pizza just as she was going to eat it.

Saarland's consumer watchdog voiced concern, with spokeswoman Barbara Schroeter saying that “Bits of metal can damage the stomach and intestines, as well as the oesophagus.”

She added that the company, owned by international food giant Nestlé, would have to explain quickly, and precisely, how metal ended up in its products.

A Wagner spokeswoman said that there was no way of knowing at this point how much money the recall would cost. “We are currently occupied with protecting our customers,” she said.

A company statement advised people in possession of a recalled pizza they could get a refund by either returning to where it was bought or sending the box to the firm in the post.

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Your comments about this article

20:50 December 11, 2012 by rosenthalenglish
Having worked on a food production line for over 12 years,I can only ask why was this not picked up by a metal detector on the production line?
10:53 December 12, 2012 by raandy
In the last few years disgruntled employees have found ways to sabotage the company products(this may not be the case at all only a possibility). Excedrin in the USA is a good example ,some one was adding stray capsules from other products or broken and chipped tablets to the bottles. Novartis voluntarily recalled all the product. You could order a big bottle of the net for 10us after the recall it was going for 100us. on Amazon.
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