Recall continues to widen, hits packaged food giants

February 28, 2008

General Mills Inc. and Nestle, two of the world’s largest food makers, have asked supermarkets to remove some of their products affected by the biggest U.S. meat recall.

General Mills said it recalled 35,000 cases of Progresso Italian Wedding soup containing beef that a supplier got from the Westland/Hallmark Meat Packing Co. in Chino. Nestle Prepared Foods Co. recalled 49,264 cases of Hot Pocket sandwiches with beef a vendor obtained from the slaughterhouse.

Food makers responded to a Feb. 22 letter from Westland/Hallmark issuing a voluntary recall of more than 143 million pounds of raw and frozen beef produced from Feb. 1, 2006, through Feb. 15, 2008.

Federal investigations determined the beef unfit for people to eat because of improper inspection.,1,1805059.story

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