Processed foods being yanked due to meat recall

by Bryan Salvage
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NEW YORK ― General Mills, Inc. and Nestlé Prepared Foods Co. said on Feb. 26 they initiated recalls of products both companies processed that include meat targeted in the recently announced Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. recall, according to The Wall Street Journal. This action expands the recall to now include processed foods.

General Mills initiated a recall of 35,000 cases of its Progresso Italian Wedding soup because it contained beef from a supplier that received meat from the Hallmark/Westland plant. Nestlé initiated a recall of 49,000 cases of its Hot Pockets sandwiches that contain beef from a vendor that used meat from Hallmark/Westland, according to the newspaper.

Meanwhile, Hormel Foods told The Wall Street Journal that a small amount of Farmer John brand hot dogs and cotto salami were being recalled.

The Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. recall of approximately 143,383,823 lbs of raw and frozen beef products is the largest meat recall in history. All products produced since Feb. 1 are being recalled because the F.S.I.S. determined them to be unfit for human food since the cattle did not receive complete and proper inspection. Meanwhile, industry is working to limit expansion of the Class II recall because the investigation has indicated there is no food-safety risk.

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