Eggo Products Recalled following Listeria Finding

Media outlets are reporting that breakfast food giant Kellogg’s has recalled some of its popular Eggo waffles. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) said that the recall was implemented after <"">Listeria monocytogenes was discovered by the Georgia Department of Agriculture in some buttermilk Eggo waffles that were manufactured at Kellogg’s Atlanta plant.

The Department of Agriculture took the sample at a routine inspection at the Atlanta plant, said the AJC, which noted that the recalled Eggo waffles were not introduced into the marketplace and no illnesses have yet been reported. The AJC said that production at the Atlanta facility has stopped as investigators try to determine the cause of the Listeria contamination. Kellogg’s said, “Kellogg’s will execute its hygienic restoration plan under [the Department of Agriculture] before it resumes production at the plant,” quoted the AJC. The recalled includes:

* Eggo Cinnamon Toast Waffles: Sold in packages of 10; UPC code 3800040440; labeled with “Best If Used Before” dates beginning with: NOV22 10 EA, NOV23 10 EA and NOV24 10 EA.
* Eggo Toaster Swirlz Cinnamon Roll Minis: Sold in packages of eight; UPC code 3800023370; “Best If Used Before” dates beginning with NOV15 10 EA.

In recent weeks we have reported on a number of food borne contaminations, including Listeria. As a matter-of-fact, yesterday we wrote that Big Boy Food Group, of Warren, Michigan, recalled approximately 39,514 pounds of ready-to-eat meal kits that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to an announcement made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

Last month alone we wrote that Quesos Mi Pueblito, LLC of New Jersey expanded a prior recall of cheese products, also because of potential Listeria contamination. Listeria concerns prompted Lone Star Brisket Company of Thorndale, Texas to issue a recall for some smoked beef products. Supervalu Inc. recalled some of its macaroni and cheese products, also over possible Listeria contamination concerns. And, Peregrina Cheese had another in a long series of recalls over Listeria contaminations.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In pregnant women, Listeria can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection. Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of all Listeria cases occurring during pregnancy. Listeria is responsible for an estimated 2,500 illnesses in the United States annually, with about 200 in every 1,000 cases resulting in death. Listeria infection can take days, even weeks, to develop and can present in anything from a mild flu-like illness to meningitis and septicemia.

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