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Nestlé recalls Hot Pocket products linked to Rancho Feeding beef

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Food manufacturer Nestlé has announced a voluntary recall of two varieties of its Hot Pocket brand -- Philly Steak and Cheese and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese -- distributed across the United States.

The recall was initiated following last week's news that California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation was recalling millions of pounds of beef from diseased animals. Rancho Feeding's recall is expected to have wide implications on the U.S. food manufacturing industry due to its large scale, Nestlé USA said. Although the company did not purchase beef directly from the Californian company, a review of its vendor records revealed that the Rancho meat recall had affected Nestlé, so it decided to recall the products as a precautionary measure.

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An investigation led by Nestlé's procurement team found that a small proportion of the meat supplied to the company's facility in Chatsworth, Calif., last year could be traced to Rancho Feeding. The production plant is entirely devoted to manufacturing Hot Pocket brand sandwiches and this is the reason why this brand is the only one being removed from shelves, the company explained in a statement.

Currently, no illnesses related to the meat produced by Rancho Feeding have been reported but Nestlé warned consumers that they should not consume products of the Hot Pocket brand if they have bought some and should instead return them to the place of purchase.

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