Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Listeria in Kellogg's Cookie Plant

The Food and Drug Administration says it found traces of listeria at a Kellogg Co. plant in while inspecting a company cookie plant in Augusta, Ga. earlier this year.
FDA regulators said "during our inspection we found that you have significant violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for food manufacturers." The pathogen was found in several spots along the production line that come in direct contact with food.

Kellogg makes a variety of Keebler and Famous Amos cookies at the factory and says it has "undertaken a number of aggressive actions to address (the FDA's) concerns, including comprehensive cleaning and extensive testing."
Based on the findings of the inspection, FDA said it had "determined that the foods manufactured at your facility are adulterated ... in that they have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health."
Eating food contaminated with the bacterium listeria monocytogenes can cause a dangerous infection called listeriosis. Symptoms may include diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, confusion and convulsions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: msnbc.com

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