Nationwide shortage of the great Eggo waffle expected until mid-2010

Jenny Decker RN's picture
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It is true. This is not a joke. There is a nationwide shortage of the Eggo waffle that could last until the middle of 2010. That is possibly eight months. The Kellogg’s company is just not having the best of luck lately. The result is the shortage of Eggo waffles across the nation.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what will Americans do without their Eggo waffles? Well, that remains to be seen. So what caused the shortage? A number of factors contributed. First of all, in September the Georgia Department of Agriculture found what is called Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of the Kellogg’s Buttermilk Eggo Waffles. This was found at the Atlanta plant. Lucky for the company, not many had been sent out and they were able to get on top of the problem. Unfortunately, the flooding in the same area caused the facility to close down. The Bucknell Drive facility was later reopened.

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However, the plant in Rossville, Tennessee has experienced major setbacks due to problems with equipment that has resulted in taking several lines out of operation. Kellogg’s spokesperson Kris Charles informed Bloomberg.com that “We are working around the clock to restore Eggo store inventories to normal levels as quickly as possible.” Kellogg’s also states that their first priority is to restore the shortage and get products on the store shelves as soon as possible.

As for the bout with Listeria monocytogenes, it can cause Listeriosis which is uncommon. It can be a very serious disease, however. Signs and symptoms of the disease include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis manifests itself as meningitis, which cause these symptoms to occur. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Fatal infections to infants can occur. Fatal infections can also occur in the elderly or anyone with a chronic disease or might be undergoing chemotherapy. Thank heavens the eggo waffles are clear of that now!

The Eggo waffle shortage has definitely caused distress among Americans when they see store shelves completely empty. Eight months is a long time to wait for shelves to be restocked. Certainly makes Americans thankful at Thanksgiving for times when the Eggo waffle fills their tummies at breakfast times. As for what to do between now and then? Well, perhaps a grapefruit?

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