The recall is Class 1, meaning the Hot Pockets could result in serious injury or death to consumers.
If you purchased pepperoni Hot Pockets in the past couple of months, then you might want to either toss them in the garbage or return them to the store where they were purchased. Turns out, they may be contaminated with bits of glass and plastic.
That doesn’t sound appetizing at all.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the recall from Nestle which will affect roughly 762,615 pounds of Premium Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets with Garlic Buttery Crust. That’s over 2.7 million hot pockets.
They explained that the reason for the recall, citing that these Hot Pockets could contain “extraneous materials, specifically pieces of glass and hard plastic.”
The recall came right after four different consumers complained about finding “extraneous material” inside their meals. The FSIS also received a report of a “minor oral injury” that has been linked to someone eating one of these Hot Pockets. That lead to the recall being listed as a Class I recall.
What this label means is that there’s a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
So, if you’re reading this and wondering if the Hot Pockets in your freezer might be tainted with potential plastic and glass, then you should know that the recalled Hot Pockets have the specific lot codes of 0318544624, 0319544614, 0320544614, and 0321544614. Their “best before” date on the box is for February 2022. Additionally, there is “EST. 7721A” written on the inside of the USDA mark of inspection.
For all the specifics ands full product information related to the recall, you can click here.
These Hot Pockets are from a batch that were produced from Nov. 13, 2020 through Nov. 16, 2020, and then distributed to stores across the country. The Hot Pockets have a shelf life of 14 months, so the FSIS has expressed concerns that these contaminated items may still be in peoples’ freezers. If you do happen to discover one inside your freezer, don’t eat it, just toss it or return it to the store.SKM: below-content placeholder