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FDA Finds Unsanitary Conditions at Kellogg's Cookie Plant

Scott Olson/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- FDA investigators discovered unsanitary conditions, flies and dangerous bacteria earlier this year at a factory that makes Keebler and Famous Amos cookies.
In a June 7 letter sent to Kellogg’s, the director of the FDA’s Atlanta office warned that foods made at the company’s cookie factory in Augusta, Ga., “have been prepared, packed, or held under unsanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth.” More troubling, agency investigators also found Listeria monocytogenes throughout the facility.
Harmless to most people, Listeria can be a serious health risk for children, pregnant women and the elderly.

Kellogg's Company spokesman Kris Charles told ABC News in an email that the plant “produces a variety of Keebler and Famous Amos cookies.”

“While the FDA did not identify specific concerns with the food, we take this situation very seriously,” Charles wrote. "We have undertaken a number of aggressive actions to address their concerns including comprehensive cleaning and extensive testing. We have confidence in the safety of our food.”

The FDA said baking the cookies would be likely to kill the bacteria but went on to warn Kellogg’s, “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 Kellogg’s first problem with Listeria in Georgia. In 2009, as reported by ABC News and others, Kellogg’s shut down and sanitized an Eggo frozen waffle plant in Atlanta after discovering Listeria monocytegenes.

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