Current Weather
The Spy FM

FDA Warns Kellogg Over Contaminated Cookie Factory

Filed by KOSU News in Business.
June 14, 2011

Elfin magic? Not so much, actually, at a Kellogg factory that makes Keebler and Famous Amos cookies.

The Food and Drug Administration just slapped Kellogg for alleged quality lapses at a Augusta, Georgia, plant in a warning letter that was released today.

The big problem, according to findings by FDA inspectors, is contamination of the place with Listeria monocytogenes, a germ that can cause serious illness and sometimes death. The old, the very young and people with weak immune systems are at greatest risk.

In a statement emailed to Shots, a company spokeswoman said: “The safety of our food is of utmost importance to Kellogg.” She said the company takes the “situation very seriously,” while noting the agency didn’t “identify specific concerns with the food.” Kellogg is taking “aggressive actions,” including thorough cleaning and expanded testing at the facility, she said.

The listeria appears to be a stubborn problem at the factory. In the words of the agency:

The presence of a persistent strain of L. monocytogenes in your facility between January 2010 and February 2011 is significant in that it demonstrates that your cleaning and sanitation efforts were inadequate to remove this organism.

The FDA’s letter says the test results suggest the bacteria many have been spread throughout the factory and become “established in niche areas.”

But wait, there’s more. FDA inspectors also found pools of water in all sorts of places they shouldn’t have been, and there were drips from pipes and fixtures that could potentially contaminate food.

Then there were the flies. In February, FDA investigators saw about 20 flies zooming out of a drain and “making contact with food contact surfaces.” A swarm of 30 flies was seen buzzing around a flour mixer. And, when the back panel of the mixer was removed, another 80 flies were seen.

The company is no stranger to FDA scrutiny. In 2009, the FDA also faulted Kellogg for listeria problems at a different Georgia plant that makes Eggo frozen waffles. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

10AM to 11PM On Point

On Point

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

Listen Live Now!

11AM to 12PM The Story

The Story

The Story with Dick Gordon brings the news home through first-person accounts. The live weekday program is passionate, personal, immediate and relevant to listeners, focusing on the news where it changes our lives, causes us to stop and rethink, inspires us.

View the program guide!

12PM to 1PM Fresh Air

Fresh Air

This one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center