More Than 760,000 Pounds of Hot Pockets Recalled for Glass and Plastic Contamination
Nestle Prepared Foods is recalling certain pepperoni Hot Pockets over concerns that they may be tainted with pieces of glass and hard plastic. According to a CNN news report, the Class I recall applies to 54-ounce 12 packs of pepperoni Hot Pockets with a best-by date of February 2022. The establishment number EST. 7721A appears inside the USDA mark of inspection on the packaging.
Details of the Recall
A Class I recall involves products that are harmful and hazardous to one’s health where there is a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website. About 762,615 pounds of the recalled Hot Pockets were shipped to stores nationwide.
So far, there have been four consumer complaints of extraneous materials inside the Hot Pockets, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said. One of the complaints included a report of an oral injury. Because Hot Pockets have a shelf life of 14 months, the FSIS said in its release that it is concerning that these boxes could very well still be in peoples’ freezers. Officials are saying that consumers who purchased these recalled products should discard them or return them to the place of purchase.
The Danger of Food Contamination
Since millions of tons of food are processed by both people and machines, there is the possibility that food manufacturers and suppliers may not catch every foreign object in food products. However, when a person consumes foods that have foreign objects in them such as rubber, glass, rocks or plastic, he or she may suffer a physical injury. Hard or sharp objects in food may cause injuries to the mouth, teeth or gums. Sharp objects may cut the mouth or even the throat or internal organs. In some cases, these types of internal injuries could even prove fatal.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective or contaminated product, you can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you have lost a loved one as the result of a tainted food product, you may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for your losses.
Food producers, processors and distributors have a duty to produce and distribute foods that are safe for consumers. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to help injured victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.