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Sunday, June 27, 2010

DeLauro comments on Kellogg cereal recall

U.S. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, says the "food safety system is not working" in this country.
DeLauro was speaking, in a statement, following the recall of 28 million boxes of cereal produced by the Kellogg Co.
The recall was due to a “waxy” smell and flavor coming from the package liners that could potentially sicken consumers, the statement said.
About 20 people "have reported complaints, including five who reported nausea and vomiting. Kellogg is investigating what has caused the strange odor, which affects the Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks cereals, and were distributed nationwide beginning in March," DeLauro's statement said.
“It is alarming that we are confronted with yet another recall involving food marketed to our children. When foods that are popular among kids are being recalled in large volumes, it is clear that our food safety system is not working,” said DeLauro said, also in the statement. “Legislation passed by the House of Representatives would begin reforming this flawed system is awaiting action in the Senate, and I urge my colleagues to act quickly to help protect our nation’s food supply and our children.”
The Kellogg website says "On June 25, Kellogg issued a voluntary recall of select packages of Kellogg’s® Corn Pops®, Honey Smacks®, Froot Loops® and Apple Jacks® cereals. Consumers should not eat the recalled products because they do not meet quality standards."
The statement on the site also says, "We have identified a substance in the package liners that can produce an uncharacteristic waxy-like off taste and smell."

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