The Kellogg Company has voluntarily recalled around 10,000 cases of their Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles amid fears of listeria. Although there have been no reports of hospitalization or illnesses from customers, the company believes the particular frozen breakfast food is contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, which can at times cause fatal infections in young children or the elderly.
The Michigan-based company is recalling the product from 25 states, including New York, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and more. Customers in the affected states should check their box and look for specific details. The contaminated products are packaged in the 10 count box, 12.3 ounces with the package UPC code 38000 40370 and the expiration dates are between Nov. 21, 2017 and Nov. 22, 2017.
The bacteria can also weaken the immune system and cause stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women. Healthy individuals can suffer from short-term illnesses like diarrhea, abdominal pain, fevers, nausea, stiffness and severe headaches.
Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles are the only Eggo products affected by the recall and no other products have been pulled from the shelves. The listeria monocytogenes bacteria were discovered following a routine test by the company that recognizes any potential threats to products.
This isn’t the first time the Kellogg’s Company discovered one of its products was contaminated with listeria. Back in 2009, the FDA found the bacteria in Eggo Buttermilk Waffles. The federal government sent the company a letter a year later that criticized its safety standards.
Customers in possession of the contaminated product are encouraged to throw it away. They can then contact the Kellogg Company for a full refund. Customer service representatives can be reached Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET at 1-800-962-1413. Customers can also go online and file for a refund.