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Cellphone video has emerged showing a disgruntled Kellogg’s factory worker in Memphis, Tennessee, peeing directly on the assembly line where their food is processed. Warning: the video above is censored but still graphic.
A spokesman for Kellogg’s says they are “outraged” by the incident that they believe occurred in 2014. Local news WREG reports that this timing would overlap with a “a nasty labor dispute” at the factory that had employees “locked out” for months.
Kellogg’s official statement on the incident below:
Kellogg takes this situation very seriously and we were shocked and deeply disappointed by this video that we just learned of yesterday. We immediately alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators. A criminal investigation is underway as well as a thorough internal investigation.
Our investigation revealed that the video was recorded at our Memphis, TN facility, in 2014. Products that could have been affected were Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Treats cereal and puffed rice cake products, all of which would be past the expiration date.
Food quality is of the utmost importance to Kellogg Company . We are outraged by this completely unacceptable situation, and we will work closely with authorities to prosecute to the full extent of the law.
And while there’s no recall to be done because those products have likely been consumed already, the FDA has proceeded with its criminal investigation.
Paul Norman, the president of Kellogg North America, said in a statement, “Many dedicated people on our Memphis team spent countless hours examining the video and identified differences between the line in the video and the current line, which enabled us to confirm that the video was actually filmed in 2014.”
Many customers are worried about the potential of getting sick from the contaminated food. Dr. Mark Castellaw told WREG, “The one that you would be concerned with the most is any kind of STD that could be transmitted through bodily fluid like that,” but he adds that there’s no need to panic because if the cereal caused illness we would know about it by now.
Click below for an interview with consumers and Dr. Castellaw…