The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has discovered unsanitary conditions at a Georgia Kellog’s plant that manufactures various Keebler and Famous Amos cookies.
In a June 7 warning letter sent to the Kellog Company, the FDA identified the results of an investigation conducted in early 2011. The investigation discovered:
- Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) bacteria
- Cookies manufactured in the plant “…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.”
- Violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulation for foods, including pooling and dripping water over an open upright mixer bowl
- Flies in numerous areas that come into contact with food
The Listeria bacteria causes the food poisoning listeriosis, and while harmless to most people, may pose a serious health risk for children, pregnant women and the elderly. In the warning letter, the FDA states that while the baking process would likely kill the bacteria, “the positive environmental swabs are indicators of insanitary conditions in your facility and demonstrate a failure of cleaning and sanitation operations that may allow for contamination of foods with filth or pathogens.”
This is not the first time the FDA has issued a warning letter to Kellog’s over Listeria monocytogenes. In 2009, inspectors found the bacteria in Eggo Buttemilk Waffles baked at a Georgia factory.
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