More Than 760,000 Pounds of Hot Pockets Recalled for Possibly Containing 'Glass and Hard Plastic'
Nestlé Foods is recalling approximately 762,615 pounds of frozen Hot Pockets after they were found to potentially contain "pieces of glass and hard plastic," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Friday.
The organization issued a Class I recall, meaning "there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death," according to a press release.
The recalled products, produced in November, include the 54-oz, 12-count boxes of Nestlé Hot Pockets Brand Sandwiches: Premium Pepperoni Made With Pork, Chicken & Beef Pizza Garlic Buttery Crust. The packages have a "Best Before Feb 2022" date and lot codes 0318544624, 0319544614, 0320544614 and 0321544614.
The boxes also have the establishment number "EST. 7721A" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The Hot Pockets were shipped to retail locations nationwide, the release said, and the problem was first discovered when four customers complained of "extraneous material in the pepperoni hot pocket product."
In addition to the complaints, there has been one report of a "minor oral injury" due to consumption of the recalled product.
The FSIS urged consumers to check their freezers if they have purchased this product and throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.
In a statement on Friday, Nestlé noted that consuming the Hot Pockets in this batch "could pose a choking or laceration risk."
"Nestlé USA is initiating a recall of select batches of Hot Pockets Brand Sandwiches - Garlic Buttery Crust Pepperoni Pizza Value Packs (12-count) due to the potential presence of foreign material (clear plastic/glass)," the release said. "Impacted products could pose a choking or laceration risk and should be not be consumed."