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Listeria Discovery Prompts Eggo Recall

submitted on September 10, 2009 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
A number of Kellogg’s products are being voluntarily recalled after inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of buttermilk Eggo waffles made an at Atlanta plant, the Georgia Department of Agriculture said today.

The sample was taken during a routine inspection at the Kellogg’s plant at 5601 Bucknell Dr. in Atlanta. This product was not shipped into the marketplace, and no illness has been reported.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Kellogg’s is voluntarily recalling a limited number of the following products produced in the same facility,” the department said in a statement. The recalled products are Eggo Cinnamon Toast waffles sold in packages of 10 with the UPC code 3800040440 and labeled with “Best If Used Before” dates beginning with: NOV22 10 EA, NOV23 10 EA and NOV24 10 EA. Also being recalled are Eggo Toaster Swirlz Cinnamon Roll Minis sold in packages of eight, with the UPC code 3800023370 and “Best If Used Before” dates beginning with NOV15 10 EA.

Production has ceased at the plant while investigators work to learn the cause of contamination.

“Kellogg’s will execute its hygienic restoration plan under [the Department of Agriculture] before it resumes production at the plant,” the statement read.

Eating food with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease that can cause meningitis, the Department of Agriculture said. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections to infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems such as persons with chronic diseases or taking chemotherapy for cancer, the department said.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 2, 2009
        

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