In a piece of news that will most likely shatter the realities of World of Warcraft addicts worldwide, Hot Pockets has recalled some of their products this week due to unsafe ingredients making their way into the mix. Hot Pockets’ beef provider, Rancho Feeding Corporation, was subject to a recall due to their sale of “Unwholesome Meat Products Produced Without the Benefit of Full Inspection”. The full USDA report, found here, details the exact animal products that were “unwholesome”, and needless to say – it’s pretty gross to think about.
According to reports, it is solely the “Steak and Cheese” varieties of Hot Pockets that are being recalled, and all other flavors and product lines from the company are unaffected. This could seriously affect Hot Pockets’ reputation as a company, and serves as a huge setback – especially considering their recent push to advertise their complete recipe overhaul with more natural, wholesome ingredients.
Hot Pockets has long been a staple in the diets of marathon gamers everywhere, and I for one am no different. During my longest, most grueling sessions of World of Warcraft and Halo 3, I am pretty sure that I survived solely on Hot Pockets, Mountain Dew, and Totino’s Pizza Rolls (I’ll expect my check in the mail in 2-3 weeks). While Hot Pockets may be widely regarded as “junk food” to most, the fact that I’m still alive after my religious following of the microwavable molten pastries proves that the human body is more durable than scientists once thought. I have no problems with the Hot Pockets brand, as I may not have survived college thus far without them, and I respect their recent marketing of better ingredients – but if you’ve got the “Steak and Cheese” flavors in your freezer, or worse, on your plate right now, it’d be best to relocate them to a trash barrel immediately.
What do you think of this recall? Would you be willing to give Hot Pockets another chance after such an event? Sound off in the comments below, and tell me your favorite foods to eat while gaming on Twitter at @DomMahoney. Mmmm. Diseased animals.