Hot Pockets recall: Stores pull Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets over improper meat inspections

You might actually have to get a real Philly Cheese Steak now.
Posted By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   Feb. 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM
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GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Nestle has issued a voluntary recall of certain boxes of Hot Pockets, the late-night snack food favored by Jim Gaffigan, Kate Upton and Snoop Dogg.

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.

[Food Safety News, Consumerist]

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