Kellogg announced Monday that he remembers nearly 10,000 state Ego Nutri-grain whole wheat waffles because of the potential contamination of Listeria bacterium Listeria.
However, it has not sickened one of pancakes at this stage, according to the company.
Kellogg said in a statement that the recall was “a result of the routine tests that the company,
which identified the possibility of contamination taking place.” [Top 7 Germs in food that makes you sick]
Said Benjamin Chapman, a specialist in food safety and assistant professor at the University of North Carolina,
and there are many ways in which bacteria such as Listeria bacteria can get into the food products.
Chapman said one way is if the bacteria make their way to the food processing plant.
Chapman Life Sciences said when food safety experts for pollution seen in the food processing factories,
and they divide the plant in several areas, and take “environmental samples” from each region on a regular basis.
He said any surfaces that touches food is considered Zone 1 Chapman, for example – zone 1 is always closest to the actual food product.
Chapman said as you move away from the food, the area numbers go up.
Zone 2 includes areas adjacent to or above the food-contact surfaces,
District 3 includes walls, floors and sinks in the factory and the region 4 and extended to other parts of the building that are not in the same field of processing, such as bathrooms and offices, he said.
Chapman said the region that there are contaminants in helping to determine the extent of the company’s response. He said there are “certain” that the Listeria contacted the food and got into the product – if the company Listeria found in one area – food-contact surface of possibility.
He said that if it was a different area, and there is a chance less likely to Listeria found their way into the product.
Kellogg, which has been found Listeria was not disclosed.
Chapman said it is possible that Listeria was found in tests of pancakes themselves.
He said that if this is something that happens, the investigators go back and look at making pancakes
and process components, in an attempt to find the source of contamination.
Ideally, these tests capture contaminants such as Listeria before the food leaves the factory.
Chapman said, but depending on the types of tests that are used, it may take a few days to get results back.
He said that in some cases, a second test will be used to confirm the results of the first test, which takes additional time.
Chapman said Listeria can survive freezing. This means that if the bacteria found in the frozen patties, and can live in the refrigerator.
Chapman said if the person then to take nonsense from the refrigerator
and allow it to melt at room temperature, would give bacteria a chance to grow.
Chapman said heat toast the cake is likely to kill listeria. He said but still,
it would be difficult to make sure that the temperature reached a high enough in all the nooks and crannies.