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When Is Frozen Pizza Not A Pizza?

posted on November 9, 2001


When is a frozen pizza not a pizza?

According to the USDA, it's when the meat pie contains less than 12 percent meat by weight and contains no tomato-based sauce.

Kraft and other frozen pizza makers say the USDA rules requiring a specific sauce, cheese and an exact quantity of meat, prevents them from making a lower fat product.

Calling the USDA rules outdated, the frozen food industry says if the regulations are dropped, companies can reduce the amount of meat and experiment with other sauces such as pesto and alfredo.

The USDA rules apply to only frozen pizzas containing meat. Restaurant and delivery pizzas are exempt from the rules.

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