An estimated 238,000 cases of Hot Pocket and Croissant Crust sandwiches have been recalled, after the manufacturer recognized that some of the products contain beef that was part of a massive recall issued earlier this month due to the risk that the meat may be diseased and unsound.
The Hot Pocket recall was announced by Nestle USA’s Prepared Foods Division on February 14, impacting Philly Steak and Cheese frozen sandwiches.
The meat contained in the hot pockets was part of 8.7 million pounds of beef recalled by Rancho Feeding Corporation after federal food inspectors declared the beef products unsound, unwholesome, and unfit for human consumption.
The recall includes cases of Hot Pocket Philly Steak and Cheese sandwiches with UPC codes 43695 07107 8, 43695 07520 5, and 43695 15990 5. The recalled also includes Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Cheese Steak and Cheese sandwiches with UPC code 43695 05634 1. The products were sold in 8×9 ounce, 4×54 ounce, 2×22.5 ounce and 8×9 ounce item and size packages.
The affected Hot Pockets were manufactured by Nestle USA OF Solon, Ohio, where they were distributed nationwide for sale at various grocery stores.
In July 2008, Nestle announced a Lean Pocket Recall of nearly 200,000 pounds of their frozen stuffed chicken sandwiches due to potential plastic pieces having made their way into the food during the production process. Nestle announced at the time no other products were affected. One month later, Nestle initiated a Class I recall of roughly 200,000 pounds of stuffed, frozen Hot Pocket Pepperoni Pizza sandwich products after receiving multiple consumer complaints indicating the products contained hard red plastic pieces.
Customers who may have purchased the recalled Hot Pocket sandwiches should check the UPC codes and return affected products to their place of purchase for a full refund. Customers may also contact Nestle Consumer Services at 800-392-4057 for further questions.