Yuck: Hot Pockets Allegedly Used “Diseased and Unsound Animals”

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By Barry Burch Jr.

It’s hot, it’s pocket-sized, and what?  It’s off the shelves?

If you had your mind on eating Hot Pockets when you got home then think again.  The microwavable turnovers are no longer safe to eat.  A number of varieties were recalled after it was brought to the company’s attention that a proper inspection had not been performed on some of the meat, as reported by CBS Baltimore.

And that is not all.  Hot Pocket eaters, you might want to sit down.

To be more specific with regard to the meat, if it happened to come from the California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation, it could be seriously contaminated.  And contaminated with what, you might ask.  How about “diseased and unsound animals,” according to a news release from the USDA.  According to CBS Baltimore, there are more than 20 varieties of the traditional hot pocket.  Philly Steak & Cheese and Croissant Crust Philly Steak & Cheese varieties have been pulled from shelves.

Prior to the Hot Pocket recall, the USDA recalled nearly nine million pounds of meat from the Rancho Feeding Corp because it “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.”   That same meat is now potentially inside of Hot Pockets.

There have been no illnesses reported as of yet.

Nestlé is advising its consumers to return their hot pockets to their place of purchase for a full refund.  They can also contact Nestlé consumer services at 800-392-4057.

Hot Pockets, which were originally founded by Chef America Inc., have been produced by Nestle since 2002.  They were created by Paul Merage and David Merage in the 1970s.  Before they received the name Hot Pockets, they were called chunk stuffers.

Do you eat Hot Pockets?  If so, how does this most recent bit of information make you feel?

Barry is an award-winning writer and political scientist.  His business, “Barry Writes,” provides biographies, speeches, press releases and so forth to individuals and businesses in need of potent and compelling literature.  Reach him @ Facebook.com/barrywrites and Twitter.com/barryburchjr




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