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2 defective products voluntarily recalled by Nestle

Most everyone in New Jersey has heard of Nestle's Hot Pockets. They come in several different varieties and can be a convenient meal for people on the go. Unfortunately, two types of the popular frozen food are being recalled as defective products -- the "Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese" and the "Philly Steak and Cheese" products.

Nestle purchases at least some of its beef for these two Hot Pockets from Rancho Feeding Corp. That company recently recalled 8.7 million pounds of its product after it was discovered that unsound and diseased animals were processed without being inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to the USDA, the recalled meat is not fit to be ingested by humans.

Since Nestle's California facility uses Rancho beef products, it voluntarily recalled the two Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets that could contain the unsavory meat. The affected products were shipped to stores across the country. Nestle believes that only certain batches of these varieties are affected. Consumers can contact the company to determine whether they purchased a recalled product. If so, the company will issue a refund.

So far, Nestle is not aware of any consumers becoming ill from ingesting the defective products. However, that could change. Anyone in New Jersey who contracted an illness after eating one of these two products may have the legal basis for pursuing a products liability claim against Nestle and possibly Rancho Feeding Corp. as well. Of course, filing such a claim will not help with any physical recovery, but a successful result may help cover any illness-related expenses incurred after eating one of these products.

Source: USA Today, Nestle recalls two kinds of Hot Pockets, Jolie Lee, Feb. 19, 2014

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