Why You Should Leggo Your Eggos

September 20th 2016

Thor Benson

You better think twice before heating up those Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in your freezer, because 10,000 cases of them were just recalled because they may be contaminated with the bacteria listeria, according to CNN. The 10-count packs of the product labled with the "used by" dates of Nov. 21, 2017 and Nov. 22, 2017 are the focus of the recall.

The recall has affected 25 states so far, and there are currently no reports of anyone getting sick from the product. Kellogg Co., which makes Eggo, discovered the bacteria while conducting routine tests. That said, the recall should be taken seriously, as listeria can be deadly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), consuming listeria can cause pregnant women to miscarry, and it can cause non-pregnant people to have fever, muscle aches, convulsions, and more. In people with compromised immune systems, infections caused by listeria can lead to death. Antibiotics can help battle an infection caused by listeria.


Cold temperatures do not kill the bacteria, so frozen food isn't necessarily safe. The Department of Health and Human Services says listeria can only be killed by cooking food or pasteurizing it. It's best to not risk consuming a product if it may have the bacteria.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign recently stated we should roll back food safety programs, despite these issues. Over 3,000 people per year die because of foodborne illness in the United States, and 48 million get sick because of tainted food.