FDA - Leggo My Eggo Contamination
Back in October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the bacterium, Listeria, was found at the Kellogg Co. Eggo plant in Atlanta.
Today, food safety regulators made that warning letter public, criticizing the Eggo maker for not doing enough to fix the food safety violations at its frozen food plant.
The Jan. 27 letter from the FDA was posted on the FDA Web site Tuesday, informing the cereal maker that contamination was found in five places within the plant. The Georgia Department of Agriculture also had a positive finding for Listeria bacteria in a lot of the company’s Buttermilk Waffles, August 31.
And an October inspection found sanitation violations such as insufficiently sanitized equipment and improper handling of trash and food, reports Reuters.
The FDA’s letter says Kellogg had “significant deviations” from best practices for food manufacturers and Kellogg’s response has not made things better. For example, FDA inspectors found Listeria on five swabs taken from the Atlanta plant. One of those was from the wheels of a forklift used in the plant.
Kellogg says it had “fully addressed all of the observations in the letter” before it reopened in October. Kellogg had closed the plant for enhanced cleaning and repairs from a flood.
Before opening the plant, Kellogg says it completed comprehensive testing and monitoring. Kellogg plans to respond shortly to the FDA.
More Action Required
But the agency says the company needs to identify areas where Listeria can grow and take actions to kill the organism, including implementing a pathogen monitoring program.
In September, the FDA worked with Kellogg to voluntary recall a number of products – Cinnamon Toast Waffles and Eggo Toaster Swirlz.
The other half of production of Eggo Waffles comes from a factory in Rossville, Tennessee.
Listeria is a bacteria that contaminates food and can cause mild to severe illness, including life-threatening listeriosis. The most common manifestation of listerosis is meningitis. Symptoms include high fever, headaches, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths as well as infection in infants.
The FDA has given Kellogg, based in Battle Creek, Michigan, 15 days to outline remedies to the problems or face product seizure. #