If you and your family are fans of Hot Pockets, you’re going to want to know about a Class 1 recall of the frozen sandwiches.
Hot Pockets’ manufacturer Nestlé and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall of Garlic Buttery Crust Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets Value Packs (12-count). This recall affects approximately 762,615 pounds of Hot Pockets that have been sold in stores around the country.
According to the recall notice, FSIS officials “received four consumer complaints of extraneous material in the pepperoni hot pocket product.” After further investigation, it was found that the “extraneous material” were pieces of glass and hard plastic.
One consumer reported a minor oral injury as a result of eating the recalled Hot Pockets. As of Jan. 15, the FSIS said it had received no other injury or illness reports connected with the affected product.
In response to the consumer complaints, FSIS issued the Class 1 recall, which means the product “is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Because this is a frozen product, FSIS officials said they are concerned people may have the recalled items in their freezer and not be aware of it. The recall notice advises consumers to check their freezers for the following item:
Packages containing 12 Hot Pockets (54 ounces) and the text, “Nestlé Hot Pockets Sandwiches: Premium pepperoni made with pork, chicken & beef pizza garlic buttery crust.” The cartons have a “best before” date of February 2022 and lot codes 0318544624, 0319544614, 0320544614 and 0321544614.
The packaging for the recalled products also includes the establishment number “EST. 7721A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Anyone who has these recalled Hot Pockets in their homes is urged to either return the product to where it was purchased or throw them away. Customers with questions about the recall can contact Nestlé directly at (800) 350-5016.