GLENDALE, Calif.Nestlé USAs Prepared Foods Division is recalling some of its Hot Pockets® Philly Steak and Cheese" and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese" products because they may contain adulterated meat. The meat was procured from Rancho Feeding Corp., which last week recalled nearly 9 million pounds of meat that was processed from diseased and unsound animals and carried out without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.
The Nestlé recall involves Hot Pockets brand Philly Steak and Cheese" in three different pack sizes, and Hot Pockets brand Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese" in the two pack box that were distributed nationwide.
Nestlés recall was initiated after its team reviewed its vendor records and determined that one Nestlé brand has been impacted by the Rancho meat recall. While Nestlé did not purchase meat directly from Rancho, its procurement teams worked with its supply chain to understand whether any company in this chain may have purchased meat from Rancho Feeding at any time during 2013, the period of time covered by the Rancho Feeding recall.
In a statement on its website, Nestlé said: From this review, we have confirmed that a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at Nestlés Chatsworth, Calif., production operation, a facility devoted entirely to HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches. The affected batches of the two varieties in our range of HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches are being removed from the marketplace."