Finally, a Friday Food Freak-Out that affects me personally.
Earlier today, Kellogg's initiated a recall of probably half the breakfast cereals I have stacked up on top of my refrigerator--the stuff that my wife and I pretty much live on when we're not eating for the job, on the expense account, or cruising the low end of Eastside Chinese/Mexican/dim sum/cheeseburger restaurant spectrum. The company is insisting we dispose of our Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops and Apple Jacks because (and I quote): "We have identified a substance in the package liners that can produce an uncharacteristic waxy-like off taste and smell."
A substance, you say? Well what the fuck kind of substance are we talking about exactly?
Officials from Kellogg's aren't saying--only that there's something wrong with the liners, that it's not deadly, but that certain people (like those with noses and tastebuds) might be affected. This is from the official release that went out today:
"While the potential for serious health problems is low, some consumers are sensitive to the uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell and should not eat the recalled products because of possible temporary symptoms, including nausea and diarrhea."
Which is precisely what I've been looking for in my morning meal--a nice cup of tea, maybe a little toast, and a delicious bowl of Apple Jacks, followed by barfing and explosive diarrhea.
It should be noted here that this is a voluntary recall (as in not forced on Kellogg's by The Man), and that both Laura and I have been eating these cereals fairly regularly without any seriously ill effects. But she did mention that she noticed an odd taste in some of them, and since I spent the morning tossing boxes in the trash while she was on the phone yelling at various Kellogg's employees and trying to get our money back (a significant amount, actually, because we eat A LOT of cereal), it looks like we're going to be eating nothing but Corn Flakes (not affected by the recall) or maybe that weird box of hippie nut flakes we bought a while back in a failed attempt to eat healthier around the house.
You can see an official list of the recall codes and products here, but for the moment, what's being recalled are products with a "KN" following the "Better If Used Before" date. If you've got a "KM" on your box, you're safe. Also, if you live and eat your cereal in Canada, you're not affected. Also, if you're a fan of eating candle wax or really like diarrhea, I guess today is your lucky day...