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Even Eggo Waffles Aren’t Safe From Listeria

Is nothing sacred?

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Here comes listeria to ruin another wonderful food: Kellogg’s has issued a voluntary recall of 10,000 cases of Eggo waffles over concerns they may be contaminated with the potentially deadly bacteria.

Thankfully, the only affected waffles are the Nutri-Grain variety, the pseudo-healthy kind of Eggos no one really likes. The recall affects 25 states; boxes with a use-by date code of November 21 or 22, 2017 should be thrown out, and Kellogg’s is providing refunds.

Classic Eggos are safely listeria-free, which is good news for frozen waffle fans including Eleven from Stranger Things, who is most likely hiding in the woods somewhere eating some as we speak (or so the season one finale would have us believe).

Per the FDA, symptoms of listeria infection generally include fever, headache, nausea, and diarrhea, but infection can be fatal in young children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems.

Other foods recently affected by listeria recalls have included ice cream from both Blue Bell and Jeni’s Splendid, fancy cheese, and frozen vegetables. Listeria contamination can be both extremely dangerous, as evidenced by the three deaths linked to Blue Bell, and extremely expensive, forcing Jeni’s to destroy around $2.5 million worth of ice cream. According to Kellogg’s, no Eggo-related illnesses have been reported.

Kellogg’s Recalls Eggo Nutri-Grain Waffles Due to Potential Health Risk [FDA]
Listeria Outbreak Leads to Massive Frozen Food Recall in 50 States [E]