Kellogg has announced it is voluntarily recalling 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles because of fears they could be contaminated with listeria. How do you tell if your Eggo Waffles Have been recalled? Look for three specific things: the package, the UPC Code, and the "Best if Used By" date.
Listeria, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, is a bacteria that "primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems." Listeria is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, because, the CDC said, "Infection during pregnancy can cause fetal loss (miscarriage or stillbirth), preterm labor, and illness or death in newborn infants."
So if you fall into one of the high-risk categories, as identified by the CDC, take extra precautions to make sure you're not potentially being exposed to food-borne illness.
The good news is that no one has reported getting sick from the waffles yet, but Kellogg isn't taking any chances and, "taking this action as part of its commitment to the health and safety of the people who eat its foods," the company said in a statement. Boxes of potentially contaminated waffles were sent around the country to 25 states, so here's how to check your waffles.
First, take a look at the package. The recalled waffles are in a 10-count box labeled "Kellogg's Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles" and look like this:
Next, take a look at the UPC code on the package. Recalled boxes have the UPC code "38000 40370" and a "Best If Use By Date" of Nov. 21, 2017 or Nov. 22, 2017, according to the statement from Kellogg.
According to CNN, this isn't the first time Kellogg has had problems with listeria contamination of its waffles. In 2009, an Atlanta waffle plant was found to be contaminated with listeria, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to send a letter to Kellogg president and CEO A.D. David Mackay criticizing the company's safety standards.
"The recall is a result of routine tests that the company conducts which identified the potential for contamination," the company said in a statement about the latest waffle recall. "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."
Kellogg is asking anyone who has a box of the potentially contaminated waffles throw to them away and contact Kellogg for a refund either by phone at 1-800-962-1413 or online at the company's site.