The recall affects Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets as well as Hot Pockets' Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese (yes, there is such a thing), after a California meat provider, the Rancho Feeding Corporation, was found to have "processed diseased and unsound animals."
The plant shut down last week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that the company had distributed products "unfit for human food."
As per the release:
While Nestlé did not purchase meat directly from Rancho, our procurement teams worked with our supply chain to understand whether any company in this chain may have purchased meat from Rancho Feeding at any time during 2013, the period of time covered by the Rancho Feeding recall.
From this review, we have confirmed that a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at Nestlé’s Chatsworth, California production operation, a facility devoted entirely to HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches. The affected batches of the two varieties in our range of HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches are being removed from the marketplace.
The USDA recommends that consumers who may have purchased the affected boxes to return them to their retail stores or call Nestle customer service at (800) 392-4057.