Nebraskans with packages of Eggo Nutra-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in their freezer should throw them away. Kellogg’s is recalling the waffles due to a possible contamination of listeria.
Dr. Pete Iwen is the director of the Nebraska Public Health Lab and says listeria is a food born pathogen that is found in the environment and spreads to food. He says properly cooking foods typically kills listeria but in this case a toaster may not get hot enough to do the job.
There have been a number of recalls of food products in recent weeks and Dr. Iwen credits technology for helping to keep people safe. He says, “There was a national program that was developed a few years ago where we actually fingerprint all food borne isolates that are detected in people. We download that fingerprint to find out if people are infected with a cluster of the same type of food they are eating to determine what food may be contaminated.” He says that is why local or state health officials question those infected so they can help determine a common thread.
Listeria can be deadly for those with compromised health conditions and can cause miscarriages. The packages have use-by dates of November 21st and 22nd of 2017. Kellogg’s is offering refunds for the Eggo’s that were sold in 25 states.