Kellogg Company has recalled about 10,000 cases of its Eggo brand waffles because they might be contaminated with the deadly bacteria Listeria. To paraphrase the brand’s famous slogan, "Leggo your Eggo."
Specifically, the recall affects Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in 25 states, reports CNN.
The Centers for Disease Control describes the symptoms of Listeria infection:
A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has "invasive" infection, in which the bacteria spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches. Pregnant women typically experience fever and other non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue and aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
The Kellogg Company website says the company “has received no reports of illness to date but is taking this action as part of its commitment to the health and safety of the people who eat its foods. 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). ... 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.”
However, despite the company’s stated commitment to the health and safety of its customers, this isn’t the first time Eggo has been recalled for Listeria contamination, notes CNN. It last happened in 2009, when the bacteria was discovered in Eggo Buttermilk Waffles. On that occasion, the company received an official reprimand by the FDA.
Perhaps the most famous Listeria outbreak with a consumer product occurred in 2015, when the nation’s fourth largest ice cream manufacturer, Blue Bell, was found to have Listeria-contaminated product at two of its production facilities, according to Food Safety News.
The Blue Bell contamination sickened many customers and killed three of them, causing the company to shut down completely for several months. Amazingly, customers lined up to buy the ice cream when it was finally back on the market.