Recall Tied to Other Beef Recall

In a move that is directly related to a massive recall of nearly nine million pounds of beef products announced earlier this month, Nestle has decided to voluntarily recall two of its flavors of its Hot Pockets frozen product.

As you’ll recall, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) report that led to the recall of their product claimed that Rancho Feeding “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection. Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce.

Because of the Rancho Feeding recall, Nestle has ordered that all of its  its “Philly Steak and Cheese” and “Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese” Hot Pockets be removed from store shelves because the company noted that a “small quantity of meat” from the supplier was used at a production facility in California that makes the Hot Pockets products. They are also asking that consumers who have purchased these products return them to the store for a full refund.

The specific items being recalled are as follows:

Hot Pockets Philly Steak  and Cheese, 8×9 oz box, with UPC  code 43695 07107 8, and the  following batch codes and Best By Dates:

  •             3021544512,  MAR ‘14
  •             3029544512,  MAR ‘14
  •             3197544512,  SEP ’14
  •             3240544512,  OCT ’14

Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese, 4×54 oz. with UPC Code 43695 07520 5 and the following batch codes and Best By Dates:

  •             3022544513, MAR ’14
  •             3191544512, SEP ’14
  •             3224544512, OCT ’14
  •             3254544512, NOV ’14
  •             3268544512, NOV ’14

Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese 4×22.5oz with UPC Code 43695 15990 5 and the following  batch codes and Best By Dates:

  •             3197544512, SEP ’14
  •             3240544512, OCT ’14

Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese 8x9ozUS, with UPC Code 43695 05634 1 and the following batch codes and Best By Dates:

  •             3211544512, SEP ’14
  •             3248544512, NOV ’14
  •             3283544512, DEC ’14

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also announced that it has pulled its inspectors from Rancho Feeding’s Central Valley Meat Co. plant in Hanford, California. They have also suspended operations at the plant, due to what they call “insanitary conditions at the establishment.” The company has also supplied beef to schools as part of federal school nutrition programs. It’s unknown how much they provide now, but as of 2011, they supplied about 16 percent of the beef used in those programs, which amounts to about 21 million pounds.

As of right now, the USDA says there have been no reports of illness associated with this recall, but it seems as if they’re just beginning to discover where the beef went. Follow the recall, but if you or a loved one have been sickened by eating Hot Pockets or any other contaminated food product, please contact the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible so that your rights can be protected.

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