Nestlé Recalls Hot Pockets, Says They’re “Unfit For Human Consumption”

Thinking of having a Hot Pocket for dinner today? Think again.

Nestlé USA, the company that produces Hot Pockets, announced last week that it is voluntarily recalling an unspecified number of ”Philly Steak” and ”Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese” Hot Pockets in certain sizes as part of a larger meat recall.

This is double trouble for Nestlé; last week Care2 reported on Wiese Brothers Farms supplying a cooperative named Foremost Farms. This group turned out to be a cheese supplier to Nestle’s pizza division, which owns DiGiorno, putting Nestlé in the hot seat for using milk that was supplied from sick and abused cows.

In the Hot Pockets issue, Nestlé says the products may have been affected by a meat recall by Rancho Feeding Corporation that was announced last week. Nestlé says a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at a California production facility that makes Hot Pockets.

Here’s the announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):

Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds of meat, because it 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.

The recall is categorized as Class I, which according to the United States Department of Agriculture means that, “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

This announcement makes my stomach turn, even though I haven’t eaten meat for quite a while. It also brings up several questions:

- What on earth is an “unsound” animal? I don’t know, but I’m sure I would never want to eat one.

- Why did this company use meat from animals that it knew to be sick?

- Why is the Nestlé recall voluntary? If the USDA has condemned this meat as “unsound, unwholesome or otherwise unfit for human food,” why is there even a question about pulling all 8.7 million pounds of meat off the market?

Ironically, in July of last year, Nestle had big plans to re-brand Hot Pockets to appeal to the growing “foodies” market. Executives at Nestle told Time magazine that they planned to do this with new “Premium Hot Pockets” that would feature high quality meats and unusually fancy crusts including croissant and pretzel bread.

That doesn’t seem so likely now.

This is only the latest in a series of meat recalls, which prompts me to ask why some people keep eating meat when they know it is bad for them?

I’m just regretting that I ever fed my son Hot Pockets, which as a teenager he considered a real treat.

Photo Credit: theimpulsivebuy


Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

SuSanne P.
SuSanne P3 years ago

If the USDA has condemned this meat as “unsound, unwholesome or otherwise unfit for human food,” why is there even a question about pulling all 8.7 million pounds of meat off the market?

As a freshman in HS (70) I learned the TRUTHS about what Big Ag was selling. How ANYONE this day and age would even consider putting this in their body is beyond my wildest imagination. I haven't eaten meat in over 45 years and if I were to loose my mind tomorrow I WOULD NEVER "GO NESTLY".

I respect your post Mr. Russ L., but I feel poisoning those who would consume this, mostly due to extreme poverty, would be far better off without this entering their body. The tortured animals DESERVE the respect of accountability. And:) I believe NESTLY HAS TO BE MADE ACCOUNTABLE.

JD S...YES, THE 4 D'S!

Elizabeth Zehren
Elizabeth Z3 years ago

Nestle sucks...seriously.

Patti Ruocco
Patti Ruocco3 years ago

Coming from Nestle--an awful company with no morals---this says alot!! Remember what they did with baby formula back in the 80's? I am so unforgiving when it comes to big companies!

Russ L.
Russell L3 years ago

Don't recall it. Give it away free with a warning about the recall. See how fast it will be gone with no liability to Nestle. Then the poor animals that suffered to make a freaken gross hot pocket don't get wasted.

Jelena Radovanovic
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you.

Ja Sh
JD She3 years ago

Unsound=sick, lame, off, dead diseased dying or disabled.

Caroline T.
Caroline Leslie3 years ago

Yet another reason to avoid processed products and meat products.

Janet Gibbon
Janet G3 years ago

If all animals raised for human consumption were treated with dignity and respect these kinds of issues would not arise. As has been proved animals that live without undue stress produce better quality meat. When under stress we are flooded by natural chemicals to help us cope, if the stressful situation is prolonged those chemicals cause us damage. Making us more prone to illness and infection. Same with animals.