Mt. Sterling plant has food recall

A Kentucky food packaging plant has issued its second recall this summer.

Approximately 215,660 pounds of Hot Pockets made in Nestlé Prepared Foods Co.’s Mount Sterling plant have been recalled, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recall is for 54-ounce, 12-pack cartons of Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza with the following printed on the sides of each carton: “8157544614D,” “EST 7721A” and “BEST BEFORE JAN2010.”

Pieces of red, hard plastic and clear, flexible rubber-like material have been discovered in some of the Hot Pockets, Nestlé spokeswoman Roz O’Hearn said.

The company thinks the pieces might have come from a small, plastic testing device that is used to test the sensitivity of metal-detection equipment in the Mount Sterling plant.

Nestlé has received four complaints over the past week, O’Hearn said. There have been no reports of injury.

Nestle said consumers who might have the recalled package should call the Nestlé Consumer Services Center at 1-800-350-5016.

In July, Nestlé issued a recall on a variety of Lean Pockets packaged in Mount Sterling, also because some contained pieces of plastic.

About 350,000 packages of the products, a spinach artichoke chicken package with two sandwiches, were affected.

Nestlé makes Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets at the Mount Sterling plant, which employs about 1,100 people.