In between Zoom meetings and online schooling, it's hard to find time to prepare a fresh lunch. So if you've been defaulting to microwave meals, you're hardly alone. But there's one beloved American classic that you may need to stop eating ASAP, and it's not because of its nutritional value or lack thereof. Nestlé Prepared Foods has recalled approximately 762,615 pounds of Hot Pockets that may be contaminated with pieces of glass and hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Read on to make sure your favorite variety isn't in the recalled lot, and for more food to avoid, find out why The FDA Just Issued a Warning About This Brand of Ice Cream.
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It's the premium pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets that are causing concern.
The Hot Pockets covered by the recall are only the "premium pepperoni pizza" variety, which come in a 12-pack in a 54 oz. carton. The boxes in question have a Feb. 2022 expiration date and lot codes 0318544624, 0319544614, 0320544614, and 0321544614 printed on the carton. They also include establishment number "EST. 7721A" inside the USDA mark of inspection toward the bottom of the front of the box (pictured here).
The potentially contaminated product was produced from Nov. 13, 2020 through Nov. 16, 2020 and shipped to retail locations nationwide, but since Hot Pockets have a shelf life of 14 months, the products could very well still be in consumers' freezers. And for another popular meal to skip, know that If You Have These Microwave Meals at Home, Get Rid of Them Now.
Four people have found "extraneous material" in their Hot Pockets.
The problem was flagged up after Nestlé received four complaints from people who'd found "extraneous material" in their food, including one report of a minor oral injury. And for another product you shouldn't be eating right now, see why The FDA Is Urging You Not to Eat This One Type of Yogurt.
The Hot Pocket recall is classified as the most dangerous kind of recall.
The FSIS has classified the recall as "Class I," which the agency defines as a "health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." And for more regular recall news delivered right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Consumers are being advised to throw the Hot Pockets away.
Anyone who's purchased one of the potentially contaminated boxes of Hot Pockets should either throw it away or return it to the point of purchase. The USDA strongly urges people not to take the risk of consuming any of the products in question—no matter how tasty they look. And for another popular product to ditch, If You Use This Mouthwash, the FDA Says to Stop Immediately.