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Nestle's voluntary recall may result in personal injury claims

It can sometimes be hard to find a hot meal when on the go. One product that might come to mind, other than fast food from a drive-thru window, may be Hot Pockets. Two types of the microwavable stuffed and pastry-covered sandwiches that many New Jersey residents may enjoy for meals or snack times have been recalled. If all of the products are not recovered in time, the company could face personal injury claims.

Nestle, the company that produces Hot Pockets, has issued a voluntary recall of its Philly Steak and Cheese sandwiches due to a report of tainted meat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The massive recall is a result of some 8.7 million pounds of recalled meat from a West Coast processing plant. The USDA has stopped all production at the plant in question due to an investigation at the slaughterhouse.

This company is not directly part of Nestle and is a third-party supplier to the National School Lunch Program. USDA inspectors are investigating the possibility of the meat plant using diseased animals in their products, which in turn ended up in products such as the Hot Pockets in Nestle's recall. Fortunately, there have been no reported sicknesses as a result of this recall so far.

Production is on hold at this plant until the investigation is complete and any corrective actions have been addressed to the satisfaction of the USDA. Should any New Jersey resident feel sick after eating any of the Hot Pockets varieties in question, they are urged to contact Nestle after seeking appropriate medical treatment. If someone becomes seriously ill, they may be entitled to file a personal injury claim against Nestle and Rancho Feeding Corporation for damages associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

Source: universityherald.com, Breaking News for Higher Education, Jaleesa Baulkman, Feb. 19, 2014

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