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Beef recall upgraded to nationwide concern: Hot Pockets and Walmart affected

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has updated a previous Class I beef recall on Feb. 19. The number of establishments and states that were first issued by the FSIS on Feb. 14, has been upgraded to affect consumers nationwide.

The initial recall of nearly 9 million pounds of beef – adulterated products that were discovered by federal food inspectors as being unsound and unwholesome – were deemed “unfit for human food” as first issued on Feb. 8.

The affected beef of 8,742,700 pounds out of Rancho Feeding Corporation was initially thought that distribution centers and retail establishments only affected Calif., Fla., Ill., Ore., Texas and Wash. states.

As more information becomes available, grocers and food establishments will likely follow suit with additional food recalls if any of the uninspected government meat have infiltrated consumer brand products; Walmart has already recalled their frozen beef hamburger products this week.

In light the latest update, Nestle, the makers of Hot Pockets had decided to recall over 238,000 cases of their Hot Pockets brand Philly Steak and Cheese.

Hot Pockets states on their official website to consumers, “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, have been affected by this recall. No other batches, sizes, including multi-packs, or varieties of HOT POCKETS® brand products are affected. If you have purchased the affected batches of HOT POCKETS® brand Philly Steak and Cheese please do not consume it, but instead return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact our Consumer Services at (800) 392-4057."

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