On Friday, Nestlé voluntarily recalled its Hot Pockets' product Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and the Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese in the two pack box. The recall is part of a domino effect created when Rancho Feeding Corp. recalled nearly 9 million lbs. of beef that never received a full inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). So far, the USDA has not received any reports of illnesses related to the meat processed from diseased and unsound animals by California-based Rancho Feeding.
The two products being recalled by Nestlé were distributed nationwide. Consumers who may have purchased the affected batches should not eat the product but should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Nestlé Consumer Services. No other batches, sizes, including multi-packs, or varieties of Hot Pockets are affected by the recall. Nestlé stated that it did not purchase meat directly from Rancho, though a company within its supply chain may have purchased meat from Rancho Feeding during 2013.
The USDA’s list of retailers which received any amount of the 8,742,700 lbs. of meat recalled by Rancho Feeding expanded after an initial post, which consisted of neighborhood markets in California and San Francisco Bay Area pick-up locations. Food Safety News noted the most current list includes a handful of retailers in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington as well as more than 970 locations in California. Although there are suspicions of meat having been sold in Illinois and Texas, there is no indication of where the product was sold.
Nestlé confirmed that its Chatsworth, Calif., production operation used a small quantity of meat from Rancho.