If you thought you were safe eating these highly processed foods, namely Nestle’s Hot Pockets, think again.
A massive meat recall of nearly 9 million pounds of beef from Rancho Feeding Corporation, has included in the recall, the Hot Pocket frozen meals that include an unspecified number of "Philly Steak" and its "Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese" sandwiches.
The USDA classified the recall as a Class 1, which is defined as “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
According to news officials, Mad Cow disease could be in the beef that has been recalled.
Varied brands of frozen hamburger patties were also included in that recall, with meat that came from Rancho Feeding Corp., and were distributed to Wal-Mart stores in 16 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that the huge recall at Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma, Calif., occurred because the beef was processed from "diseased and unsound animals" and was "unfit for human consumption."
“The products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce,” FSIS said in a news release.
More than 1,000 companies in seven states are now recalling meat processed at Rancho’s plant: California, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.
The makers of Hot Pockets brand sandwiches, Nestle Corporation, said it reviewed its supply chain after the recall was announced and found that a small amount of meat from Rancho was used in Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese in the two pack box.
The company said no other batches, sizes, multi-packs, or varieties of Hot Pockets were affected. The list of recalled brands can be found at The Press Democrat.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a press release that gives detailed information for consumers.
However if you have purchased any of these products, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Nestle Consumer Services at (800) 392-4057.
As of today, no illnesses have been reported.
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