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Diseased Meat Prompts Hot Pockets Recall

Hot Pockets recallMultinational food giant Nestlé announced Tuesday that it was issuing a voluntary recall of hundreds of thousands of cases of its popular Hot Pockets snack sandwiches because they contain diseased meat.

Nestlé, whose corporate motto is “Good Food, Good Life,” issued a press release confirming that “a small quantity of meat” from Petaluma, California-based Rancho Feeding Corp., which made headlines earlier this month when 8.7 million pounds (3.9 million kg.) of “diseased and unsound” beef products were recalled, was used in the company’s Chatsworth, California production facility. The tainted beef was used in Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets, as well as in Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese sandwiches.

Some 238,000 cases of the popular snacks have been recalled by the Switzerland-based company, NBC News reports.

The tainted Rancho Feeding Corp. meat went to at least 974 vendors in California, as well as to Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. USDA officials said some of the meat, which its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said came from “diseased and unsound animals” and was processed “without the benefit of federal inspection,” was also sold to Walmart stores in Edgewater and San Leandro, California.

USDA officials said there have been no reports of any illness caused by meat from Rancho Feeding Corp.

Consumers can return the recalled products or contact Nestlé at 800-392-4057.

In related news, CNN reports Hanford, California-based Central Valley Meat Co., which supplies around 16 percent of the beef destined for school lunches paid for by the federal government and was temporarily shut down by the USDA for “unsanitary conditions,” is now operating again.

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