Can someone please find Jim Gaffigan and hold his hand while he hears this news? After a beef processing plant announced a recall last week of almost nine million pounds of meat “unfit for human food,” Nestlé has announced it’s pulling certain flavors and batches of Hot Pockets from the shelf. And yes, I can hear the jokes you’re making.
Your personal feelings on the edibleness of Hot Pockets aside, Nestlé USA’s Prepared Foods Division announced that it’s voluntarily pulling Hot Pockets brand Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes as well as Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese, in the two-pack box.
Those two products are the only products involved in the nationwide recall, the company notes, and it’s linked to Rancho’s recall (“which affects many companies,” Nestlé makes sure to point out).
The company says though it didn’t buy any meat directly from Rancho, it took a look into its supply chain to see if any other businesses it deals with did so.
From this review, we have confirmed that a small quantity of meat from Rancho was used at Nestlé’s Chatsworth, California 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.
Anyone who purchased affected batches should not eat them, but instead return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. No illnesses have been reported yet, says the United States Department of Agriculture. You can call Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 392-4057.
The list of affected products is below:
Also, if you’ve never heard Jim Gaffigan riff on Hot Pockets, now is the time: