FDA Finds Listeria at Kellogg Cookie Plant in Georgia


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If you needed another reason to skip the processed junk food, we've got one for you. You're likely aware that many processed foods are heavy on the calories and light on the nutrients. Processed foods take their toll on the planet, both in their transportation footprint and the energy used in manufacturing. And then there's the processing that goes on behind closed doors that could make you very, very sick.A Georgia Kellogg factory which makes Famous Amos and Keebler cookies has been warned to clean up its act and fast. Government regulators found sickness causing listeria at the Georgia cookie plant after a recent inspection.

The FDA, according to Reuters and seen on MNN, [found] 'significant violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations for food manufacturers.'

The FDA had stern words for Kellogg:

[It was] 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.

Kellogg vowed to clean up its act. The FDA is giving the food manufacturer 15 days to outline a plan to fix the problem. In 2010 an inspection at the Augusta plant cited problems with food storage.

Listeria Defined
I wrote about listeria last year when it caused 5 deaths at a Texas Food Factory. Listeriosis is an infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria. The disease affects those with weakened immune systems including the elderly, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. In the United States, an estimated 2,500 persons become seriously ill with listeriosis each year. Of these, 500 die, according to the CDC.

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