‘Diseased and Unsound’ Hot Pockets Recalled
Nestlé USA’s Prepared Foods Division has announced the voluntary recall of two Hot Pockets flavors; the Philly Steak and Cheese, and the Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese, after determining that “a small quantity of meat” from the Rancho Feeding Corp. slaughterhouse had been used in creating batches of the two flavors. Rancho ceased its operations earlier in February after the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered that the slaughterhouse had processed potentially millions of pounds of “diseased and unsound animals…unfit for human food.”
No illnesses have been reported as of yet, and Nestlé has urged consumers to return their products to their place of purchase for a full refund, or contact Nestlé directly. The contaminated products were processed between Jan. 1, 2013 and Jan. 8, 2014 before being shipped to retailers and distribution centers in California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. According to The Press Democrat, the recall impacts retailers in 29 states and five Canadian provinces. The USDA has posted the current list of American retailers affected by the recall.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.