The US Food and drug Administration (FDA) has opened a criminal investigation after a video of a man urinating on a Kellogg’s factory assembled line surfaced online.
On 11 March a video displaying an employee of the cereal corporation urinating onto an active conveyor belt was published by the website worldstarhiphop.com. After the urinating man is captured, the camera pans to a sign featuring the Kellogg’s logo.
An internal investigation, undertaken by the food giant, found that the video was recorded in 2014 at a factory in Memphis, Tennessee. A statement from Kellogg’s said that any products “potentially affected” by the urine would now be past their expiration dates. The statement also said “Products that could have been potentially affected were Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Treats cereal and puffed rice cake products”.
A 2014 study found that 70% of urine samples contained bacteria, with researchers documenting up to 33 different types of bacteria across the study.
The video was shot at a time when Kellogg’s and a union were involved in a labour dispute. Kellogg’s is conducting a separate internal investigation in to the matter in an attempt to try and identify the man liable. An FDA representative stated that the agency does not confirm or deny investigations, as a matter of policy, but is aware of the incident involving the urination.
In a statement a spokesperson for Kellogg’s said “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. We immediately alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators”.
TNT News Billy Rooney