Hot Pockets Recalled After Improper Meat Inspections

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014  |  Updated 10:32 AM CDT
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Giant Food has recalled its Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese products after a recall of meat products used to make the frozen food were produced without required inspections.

Julie Fine, NBC 5 News

Giant Food has recalled its Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese products after a recall of meat products used to make the frozen food were produced without required inspections.

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Giant Food has recalled its Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese products after a recall of meat products used to make the frozen food were produced without required inspections.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall of nearly nine million pounds of Rancho Feeding Corporation's meat products on Feb. 8. 

The meat did not undergo proper food inspection and "because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection," according to the news release.

After the USDA recalled the Rancho Feeding Corporation's meat products, Giant Food decided to recall select batches of its Hot Pockets.

The following products were affected by the recall:

Hot Pocket Philly Steak & Cheese, 9 oz., UPC4369507107, Batch numbers:
3021544512 with a best before date of March 2014
3029544512 with a best before date of March 2014
3197544512 with a best before date of September 2014
3240544512 with a best before date of October 2014

Hot Pocket Croissant Crust Philly Steak & Cheese, 9 oz., UPC 4369505634, Batch numbers:
3211544512 with a best before date of September 2014
3248544512 with a best before date of November 2014
3283544512 with a best before date of December 2014

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Hot Pocket Philly Steak & Cheese, 54 oz., UPC 4369507520, Batch numbers:
3022544513 with a best before date of March 2014
3191544512 with a best before date of September 2014
3224544512 with a best before date of October 2014
3254544512 with a best before date of November 2014
3268544512 with a best before date of November 2014

The Maryland-based company has not reported any illnesses associated with the recall. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has not reported any illnesses associated with the meat recall either.

Gary Huddleston, with Ohio-based The Kroger Company, told NBC 5 that the affected batched have been pulled from store shelves.

If anyone has purchased the listed Hot Pockets above, please bring any unused portions and receipt to Giant Food for a full refund.

NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.

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