The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture said Friday that more than 700,000 pounds of frozen pepperoni hot pockets have been recalled from Nestlé-prepared foods that may contain pieces of glass and hardened plastic.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service said Nestlé was released after receiving four separate consumer complaints of “extrinsic material” in pepperoni hot pockets.
The company said in a news release on Friday that contaminated products “may pose a risk of choking or damage and should not be eliminated.”
The Food Safety and Inspection Service stated that a consumer reported “a minor oral injury associated with the consumption of this product”, but there were no other reports of injury or illness.
The recall includes approximately 762,615 pounds of pepperoni hot pockets, which were packed in 12 hot-pocketed 54-ounce cartons with an expiration date of February 2022. The label reads “Nestlé Hot Pockets Brand Sandwich – Premium Pepperoni Made with Pork, Chicken and Beef Pizza. Garlic Butter Crust.”
The Food Safety and Inspection Service said the hot pockets were produced from November 13 to November 16 and shipped to stores across the country.
“The quality, safety and integrity of Nestle USA and Hot Pocket Products are our No. 1 priority,” Nestle said. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this action represents to both our consumers and retail customers.”
Nestlé did not immediately respond to additional inquiries.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service said the Hot Pocket Recall was considered a Class 1, a high-health risk “where there is a reasonable possibility that the use of the product would cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
The service urged consumers to throw away or return the product.
Nestlé acquired Chef America, which in 2002 produced the best-selling Hot Pockets for Microwaves and Toaster Pizza Snacks for $ 2.6 billion.