Leggo my Eggo! Several batches of Eggo waffles and cinnamon rolls are being voluntarily recalled, after inspectors detected bacteria at a Georgia plant.
Inspectors found traces of the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of Eggo buttermilk waffles manufactured at a Kellogg’s plant in Atlanta, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The discovery was made during a routine inspection of the plant, officials said, and before the waffles had been shipped out to supermarkets.
So far, no one has become ill from eating the tainted breakfast food. But in taking an aggressive stance, Kellogg’s has voluntarily recalled batches of frozen waffles and cinnamon rolls also manufactured at the contaminated plant. And in doing so, it is distancing itself from a string of tainted food products in the past few years. (Think: tainted beef, peanut butter and tomatoes.)
“Kellogg voluntarily ceased production at the plant, began an investigation to determine a possible cause of contamination and began a regimen of cleaning and sanitizing,” the department said.
Company officials said they are pulling some items off supermarket shelves, including Kellogg’s Eggo Cinnamon Toast waffles (with a “Best If Used Before” date beginning Nov. 22, 23 and 24, 2010) and Kellogg’s Eggo Toaster Swirlz Cinnamon Roll Minis (with a “Best If Used Before” date beginning Nov. 15, 2010).
“Kellogg Company is taking this step out of an abundance of caution as a potential food safety issue was identified through routine testing,” the company said. “This is classified by the FDA as a Class II recall, which the agency defines as a situation where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”
Eating food with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but serious infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and stomach problems like nausea and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, severe infections may lead to miscarriage or premature delivery.