School Lunch Supplier Checking for Razor Blades
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A pizza manufacturer who supplies the national school lunch program is putting more than 11 million frozen servings through metal detectors after reports that razor blades have been found in three pizzas, the Agriculture Department said today.
The inspection is being carried out by Tony’s Pizza, which has about 120,000 cases of the pies in storage in Kansas City, Kan., said Karen Stuck of the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Each case contains 96 pieces.
Stuck said the inspection, which will require a few days, followed reports that a razor blade was found in a school lunch pizza in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 21. Two more were discovered in pizzas in Florence, S.C., on March 3, she said.
The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service last Friday advised state school lunch officials that ″a precautionary hold″ was in effect regarding Tony’s Pizza and that the food should not be served until further notice, Stuck said.
But the Food and Nutrition Service, which administers child nutrition and food stamp programs, did not mention the potential danger of razor blades, Stuck said. On Monday, the agency issued another notice to the states, explaining the reason for holding up the use of Tony’s Pizza.
The department did not issue a public announcement of its actions or of the company’s inspection of its warehouse pizza.
Stuck said Tony’s Pizza has its headquarters in Marshall, Minn., but that the plant is located in Salina, Kan.