Kellogg recalls Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles due to Fear of Listeria

Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles because they have the potential of being  contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.eggo2No other Eggo products are implicated and there were no reports on of illness to date. Kellogg announced that the recall is a result of routine tests that the company conducts which identified the potential for contamination As soon as the company learned of a potential concern, it moved quickly to identify any foods that might be impacted and resolve the issue. Recalled product was distributed to customers and retailers in 25 states (CO, CT, DE,GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, VT,WI, WY).  The Eggo brand has had other recalls due to Listeria contamination: in 2009, the Georgia Agriculture Department inspectors discovered Listeria monocytogenesin a plant for Eggo Buttermilk Waffles (the plant was shut down for “hygienic restoration”), and in 2010 the Food and Drug Administration wrote a letter to Kellogg’s, calling the Atlanta plant was contaminated. All news outlets reported this recall. The question is: are there more outbreaks due to foodborne illnesses? Lena H. Sun from the Washington Post wrote , a few months ago that:”Major foodborne outbreaks in the United States have more than tripled in the last 20 years, and the germs most frequently implicated are familiar to most Americans: Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria.”increase-foodborne-outbreaksAnother question is: Are the new FSMA regulations helping in early detection of contamination and as a result avoiding illnesses?

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