Today in things that make you say yuck: Nestle is voluntarily recalling two kinds of Hot Pockets due to the meat inside being “unfit for human food.”
The Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets and the Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese varieties are the ones affected by this recall. The total amount of recalled cases is around 238,000. The site announcing the voluntary recall has since been taken down.
Nestlé’s recall is in response to a recall of meat by Rancho Feeding that also affected some Hot Pocket varieties.
According to Nestle, “Our teams at Nestle have reviewed our vendor records and have determined that one Nestle brand has been impacted by the Rancho meat recall.” They also added that this recall only affects meat used in a production facility in California.
Though the Hot Pocket recall is small, the Rancho meat recall is much larger, including some 8.7 million pounds of meat. It also is categorized as a Class I Recall, which according to the United States Department of Agriculture means “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.”
So what is it about this meat that makes it so dangerous and “unfit for human food”? The answer will likely turn your stomach; it comes from diseased animals.
You read that right. Somehow, meat from sick animals ended up being processed and into food that people purchase every day.
The USDA released a statement saying Rancho Feeding had “processed diseased and unsound animals, and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.”
Though that sounds pretty serious, the food safety branch of the USDA has said that no reports of illness caused by the consumption of contaminated items have been received.
That said it shouldn’t take someone getting sick to realize that what happened was wrong, alarming, and disgusting.
For now, steer clear of the affected varieties of Hot Pockets. If you happen to have a box of the recalled Nestle product in your freezer, you can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.