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Potential Listeria Contamination Prompts Kellogg to Recall Some Eggo Waffles

Sep 21, 2016

Due to potential contamination with the bacteria listeria, Kellogg Co. is recalling roughly 10,000 cases of its Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles. The recalled products were distributed in 25 states. Kellogg says it learned of the issue through routine testing. No illnesses have been reported so far.

Consumers can check to see if the 10-count packs have a "Use by" date of Nov. 21, 2017 and Nov. 22, 2017; these are the products affected by the recall. No other Eggo products are included. Kellogg company also produces Frosted Flakes and Special K cereal.

Consumers who purchased the recalled products are advised to throw them away. For a full refund, contact Kellogg.

Eating food contaminated with listeria can lead to serious infections, and is sometimes fatal in certain patients. Newborns, elderly adults and people with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable. In pregnant women, exposure to listeria can lead to miscarriage or still birth. Symptoms include high fever, neck stiffness, muscle aches, severe headache, flu-like symptoms, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Kellogg has had similar recalls in the past. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that listeria was found in a sample of Kellogg's Buttermilk Eggo Waffles manufactured at a plant in Atlanta, Georgia. The bacteria was identified through a laboratory test conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The FDA issued a warning letter in 2010 criticizing conditions at the plant. The agency noted, among other things, "significant deviations from the current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for food manufacturers". Because of these violations, the products were considered adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act "in that they were prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health."

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