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Glass particles prompt recall of major Kellogg's cereal brand

Friday, March 01, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
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(NaturalNews) The latest in a series of recalls that spans several years, corporate food giant Kellogg's has voluntarily summoned back 36,000 boxes of Special K Red Berries cereal that it says might be contaminated with potentially dangerous fragments of glass. Though a company spokesman insists that no injuries have yet been reported, Kellogg's is taking precautionary measures by recalling the cereal now, and is offering customers who purchased cereal from the affected lots replacement coupons.

According to an official statement published on the Kellogg's website, only certain sizes and batches of Special K Red Berries are included in the current recall. These include:

• 11.2-ounce packages
UPC 38000 59923
Better if Used Before: DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 00:13 through DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 02:30

• 22.4-ounce twin packs
UPC 38000 78356
Better if Used Before:
NOV 30 2013 KNA 105 07:00 to NOV 30 2013 KNA 105 08:51
NOV 30 2013 KNB 105 15:00 to NOV 30 KNB 105 17:05

• 37-ounce packages
UPC 38000 20940
Better if Used Before: NOV 30 2013 KNB 107 17:31 to NOV 30 2013 KNB 107 20:05

Though allegedly unrelated to previous recalls issued by Kellogg's, this latest recall seems to suggest a growing trend of poor quality control at the company. Back in October, for instance, Kellogg's recalled 2.8 million boxes of its Mini-Wheat cereal after strange fragments of flexible metal mesh were found in certain lots. And back in 2010, Kellogg's recalled millions of boxes of Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops, and Apple Jacks due to strange odors and uncharacteristic flavors.

"At Kellogg, our number one priority is the quality and safety of our foods," claims the company, denying that all these recalls are related to each other. "All of our processes will be thoroughly reviewed and appropriate actions will be taken to help prevent this situation from happening in the future."

Perhaps it's time for Kellogg's to recall all its cereals for GMO contamination?

If Kellogg's was truly concerned about the quality and safety of its foods, though, it would immediately recall not only Special K but all cereals currently being sold under its various brands. Virtually every cereal sold by Kellogg's, it turns out, contains ingredients derived from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), which have never undergone thorough, independent scientific review, and that are increasingly linked to causing organ damage, endocrine disruption, and cancer.

The ingredient label for Special K Red Berries clearly indicates that the cereal is loaded with both "sugar" and "brown sugar syrup," both of which presumably come from GM sugar beets. Since most of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, more than 95 percent of which are GM, the more serious threat from this cereal seems to be its stated ingredients rather than its potential contaminants.

No long-term safety tests have ever been conducted on GM sugar beets, it turns out, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) never even conducted a proper environmental impact statement (EIS) as required by law when the agency first approved their planting and use back in 2008. And Kellogg's openly admits that it uses GMOs in its food products made for the American market, as concerns among Americans about the safety of biotech ingredients is allegedly "low," according to the company.

"GE (genetically-engineered) sugar beets are dangerous for people, pollinators and the environment," adds the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) about GM sugar beets. "The risks of GE sugar beets are enhanced by the fact that they contaminate non-GMO crops."

What was that again about glass shards?

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http://www.naturalnews.com/024417_sugar_Roundup_beets.html

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