Hot Pockets are being yanked from the shelves, and not by customers. Nestlé is voluntarily recalling 238,000 cases of its popular meat and cheese filled pastries out of concern that they might contain the meat of “diseased and unsound animals.”
The move is part of a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of meat produced by the Rancho Feeding Corp in Petaluma, California. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service the plant processed the meat without proper inspections and was considered unfit for human consumption. The FSIS described the meat as “adulterated” and “unwholesome” classifying the health risk as high without specifying exactly what the risk was.
Nestlé issued the recall on Friday, but didn’t announce until Tuesday that the Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets and Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese products were being removed from stores. The list of products being recalled by the Rancho Feeding Corp includes whole beef carcasses, beef head, beef cheeks, beef lips, beef feet and beef hearts.
To be fair, Jim Gaffigan did try to warn us.