If you need another reason to cut back on frozen foods, here you go: Nestle is recalling Hot Pockets, a product that contains beef called "unfit for human food" by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The recall is voluntary (meaning Nestle initiated it), affecting two of the 25 flavors of Hot Pockets currently listed on the company's website—Philly Steak and Cheese and Croissant Crust Steak and Cheese. All other Hot Pockets are unaffected.
The recall stems from a Feb. 14 USDA announcement that the Rancho Feeding Corporation, located in Petaluma, Calif., would recall nearly nine million pounds of meat because it "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection." Nestle announced its recall Feb. 18, stating that although they did not purchase meat directly from Rancho Feeding Corporation, a company in their supply chain did.
The USDA classified its recall as "Class I," which indicates "a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." No illnesses have been reported in relation to the Rancho Feeding Corporation recall.
According to Nestle, consumers who purchased one of the affected flavors of Hot Pockets should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. They may also contact Nestle customer service directly at (800)392-4057. More information is available at the company's web page announcing the recall.
While you're at it, swap frozen foods for one of these Athlete Friendly Microwave Meals.
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