A video showing a Kellogg's employee urinating onto a conveyor belt sparked controversy after being posted online (video below).
In the short clip, a man can be seen urinating onto a conveyor belt at a Kellogg's factory in Battle Creek, Michigan. Toward the end of the clip, the camera pans up to show a Kellogg's logo on a sign near the belt.
The video was posted to WorldStarUncut, and garnered over 378,000 views as of March 12.
"I hope this low life gets fired and never finds a job again," one viewer commented.
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"That’s disgusting not even funny … I don’t even eat Kelloggs, but that’s a real dirt bag not happy with his own life," another added.
"Shouldn’t places that deal with food like this have cameras everywhere?" one commenter asked. "Just a thought."
Kellogg's spokesperson Kris Charles subsequently responded to the controversy, stating that the company would be investigating the incident.
"Kellogg takes this situation very seriously and is shocked and outraged by this video," Charles told CBS Detroit. "We have alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators, and are conducting a thorough investigation. Our investigation so far revealed that the video was recorded in 2014 or earlier. We will share more information as we learn more.”
In another statement to the Dayton Daily News, Charles confirmed that the incident took place in 2014 at the company's Memphis, Tennessee, facility. He said that the products affected by the incident were Rice Krispies, Rice Krispie Treats, and their puffed rice cakes, "all of which would be past expiration date."
In a similar incident in 2012, an Indiana Taco Bell restaurant responded after an employee videotaped himself urinating on food while working at the restaurant, reported ABC 21Alive. The employee, Cameron Jankowski, reportedly bragged about the incident and was ultimately fired.
"Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and team members," Taco Bell said in a statement. "We have strict food handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations. As soon as we learned of the situation, we immediately investigated and found the photo was an ill-conceived prank and the food was never served to customers. We find this prank absolutely unacceptable, and we plan to terminate anyone involved and work with authorities to pursue legal action."
Watch the Kellogg's incident below.