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Hot Pockets recalled due to tainted meat


(WVVA/NBC NEWS) - Nestle USA has recalled 238,000 cases of its Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese sandwiches because they may include "diseased and unsound" meat.

Three different sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets and Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese products in the two-pack box are part of the voluntary recall issued Friday but announced on Tuesday.

Officials with the Nestle Prepared Foods Division said that the firm used meat produced by Rancho Feeding Corp. in 2013. Last week, the Petaluma, Calif., plant recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef parts, including whole carcasses and heads, feet, livers and so-called "mountain oysters," among other items.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service officials said the meat was recalled because the firm processed "diseased and unsound animals" without benefit of full inspection. The plant voluntarily closed last week and FSIS officials are conducting an intensive investigation of its processes and products.

The Rancho products went to at least 974 vendors in California, as well as to a few outlets in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, USDA officials said.

Following is the full news release from Nestle:

Nestlé USA's Prepared Foods Division today announced the voluntary recall of HOT POCKETS® brand Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and HOT POCKETS® brand Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese, in the two pack box.   The voluntary recall is limited to these two products, which were distributed nationwide. No other batches, sizes, including multi-packs, or varieties of HOT POCKETS® brand products are affected by this recall.

The reason is due to the recall announced last week by Rancho Feeding Corporation which affects many companies.  Our teams at Nestlé have reviewed our vendor records and have determined that one Nestlé brand has been impacted by the Rancho meat recall.

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.

Consumers who may have purchased the affected batches of HOT POCKETS® brand Philly Steak and Cheese should not consume the product, but instead should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 392-4057.

USDA notes that no illnesses have been reported in relation to the Rancho Feeding Recall.

 Item and pack size

Consumer UPC

Batch Code

Best Before Date

1. HOT POCKETS Philly Steak and Cheese

43695 07107 8


MAR ‘14
MAR ‘14
SEP ‘14
OCT ‘14

2. HOT POCKETS Philly Steak and Cheese
4x54oz US

43695 07520 5


MAR ‘14
SEP ‘14
OCT ‘14
NOV ‘14
NOV ‘14

3. HOT POCKETS Philly Steak and Cheese 4x22.5ozUS

43695 15990 5


SEP ‘14
OCT ‘14

4. HOT POCKETS CROISSANT CRUST Philly Steak and Cheese 8x9ozUS

43695 05634 1


SEP ‘14
NOV ‘14
DEC ‘14


Nestlé is dedicated to food quality, and the health and safety of its consumers. For these reasons, the company initiated this recall. We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this voluntary product recall.

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