The food giant voluntarily halted production of Eggo waffles at its Atlanta facility after officials from the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) found Listeria monocytogenes in a food sample.
Kelloggs has launched an investigation into plant hygiene to determine the cause of the contamination, said a GDA statement. The company will carry out a full regimen of cleaning and sanitisation and “execute its hygienic restoration plan” under supervision from the GDA before resuming production at the factory.
The discovery was made after a laboratory test by the safety watchdog found the potentially deadly bug in a sample of Kellogg’s Buttermilk Eggo Waffles. The sample had been taken as part of a routine inpsection. None of the waffles have been shipped into the marketplace. No illnesses have been reported and Kelloggs was ordering a recall “out of an abundance of caution”, said the GDA.
The company has issued a limited recall of the following products manufactured at the Atlanta site: * Kellogg's Eggo Cinnamon Toast waffles, 10-count package. And Kellogg’s Eggo Toaster Swirlz Cinnamon Roll Minis eight-count package.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a potentially serious disease. The most common manifestation of listeriosis is meningitis. 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.
Aporte: Alejandra Lavín