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Hot Pockets recalled for 'diseased' meat

When you purchase something at your grocery store in Los Angeles, you expect that it has been approved for consumption. While usually food products have been well-inspected before being distributed to retailers, a recent recall of Hot Pockets shows that sometimes things slip through the cracks.

Nestle announced yesterday that it is recalling two types of Hot Pockets after discovering that some of the meat used in them may have come from diseased animals.

The recall is a response to last week's announcement that Rancho Feeding Corp. was recalling millions of pounds of beef that came from sick animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture determined that the meat was not safe for human consumption. So far, no reports of illness have been filed.

Nestle says some of that meat was used at a Hot Pocket facility in California. The two types Hot Pockets affected by the recall are Philly Steak and Cheese and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese. Nestle is offering a refund to anyone who bought the defective product.

Finding out that a product you have purchased or consumed is being recalled can be a frightening experience. No one wants to become sick or injured because of a product they purchased and rightfully believed to be safe. If you do suffer harm because of a defective product, it is important to know that you can hold the negligent company liable through a product liability lawsuit. If you are considering taking action against a company, it may be helpful to first talk to an attorney.

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

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