A few weeks ago, Pizza Hut sent out a notice to its Pizza Hut customers in Arizona, Texas and California that the company had received complaints that their pizzas were contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria.
Pizza Hut has confirmed that it did this, and now, the restaurant chain is responding to the allegations with a new pizza that has a clean-up operation that will help prevent contamination of its products.
The new pizza, which will be available nationwide starting today, comes with a $20 refundable credit toward the purchase of a second, clean-eating pizza.
The clean-energized pizzas will be sold at Pizza Hut in other states, including Georgia and Mississippi, according to a press release.
“I think that this is something that’s been on everyone’s radar,” said Jessica Gee, Pizza Huts senior vice president and general manager of the U.S. pizza industry.
“We were all very, very concerned about the contamination of our pizzas that had been made at our Arizona, Arizona, and Texas stores, and the contamination that’s occurred in other parts of the country.
Now, we can move on from this and continue to be proactive.”
The clean pizza, according a Pizza Hutt press release, is a “one-time, one-time only purchase” and “free of charge.”
It will be packaged in an airtight, plastic bag and will be shipped to the address listed on the notice, Gee said.
Pizza Hut has not disclosed when it will start the clean-ergization process, or how many pizzas it will sell.
The company said it is working to identify any other customers who may have been affected by contamination.
This is the first time that Pizza Hut is addressing this issue since the contamination in its Arizona, Georgia and Texas locations was discovered in October, according Gee.
The company said that the clean pizza is made with only ingredients that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and is not a replacement for regular pizzas.
“Our goal is to take this issue seriously, and to work collaboratively with our customers and partners to address the issue,” Gee told ABC News.
The announcement comes just weeks after the company issued a press statement that said, “The first pizza that comes from this clean-ering process is a one-off purchase, and we do not have any plans to reintroduce this product.
However, we are working with our suppliers and partners on how to continue to improve our pizza.”
Pizzas are packaged in a variety of different ways, and there is no standard for how clean they are, according an FDA website.
“I’ve been very, thank you for letting me in on this,” Gie told ABC’s The View.
“I have not been able to eat a pizza that’s cooked to a high standard that’s going to be cleaned.
This is something I would definitely have wanted.”
The pizza will be a one time, one time only purchase, which means you won’t be able to return the clean food if you don’t like it.
You can always return it, but you have to be able show it was purchased with your credit card, and that it was clean before you purchased it.
The company says it has already spent $100,000 in the U, Arizona and Texas to clean its pizza factories and will spend more to “do the same in the coming months.”
The clean-in-house pizzas are also available in other markets.
The Washington, D.C., chain, which is owned by Pizza Hut’s parent company, Yum Brands, said it will also start clean-ing its restaurants in other cities as well, and it will offer customers free samples of the new pizza.