Before you pop that Eggo waffle in your toaster this morning, take a look at the box, because on Monday, Kellogg recalled 10,000 boxes of Eggo waffles in 25 states due to possible contamination with listeria. According to a statement from the company, the only waffles affected by this recall are the Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles. And though a recall of any food sounds scary, this is actually an instance when the food safety net is working. According to Kellogg, the potential listeria contamination was found as part of a routine test and there's no evidence that anyone has gotten sick. That stands in stark contrast to this summer's outbreak of listeria in frozen vegetables, which sickened nine people in four months and forced a government recall of over 450 different kinds of frozen foods.
The fact that no one has gotten sick from these potentially contaminated frozen waffles isn't a reason to wave it off, though. The effects of food poisoning with listeria are potentially lethal. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of listeriosis include diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress, fever, and muscle aches. If it infects an individual with a weakened immune system, the infection could spread beyond the GI tract, which is what causes that risk of death. You know, the fun stuff!
So check that box of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in your freezer before you pop one in the toaster, because no one wants to risk death by waffle; if the 10-pack box expires on either November 21 or 22, 2017, send a note to Kellogg for a full refund. You can more information about the recall, including the list of affected states, on the Kellogg website.
In the meantime, feel free to eat all the Homestyle Eggo Waffles your heart desires, like you're that girl from Stranger Things. Make sure you fully toast your frozen waffles before eating, though, just to be safe.