Video shows man urinating on Kellogg assembly line; investigation underway
A criminal investigation is under way after a video surfaced online showing a man urinating on a Kellogg factory assembly line, the company said.
Kellogg Co. said that it determined the video was recorded at its Memphis, Tenn., factory in 2014 and that any potentially affected products are now past their expiration dates.
The company said it learned of the video Friday and immediately alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators. An investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigation, the company said.
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The FDA said it is aware of the video. It said in a statement that it does not confirm or deny investigations, but that “we can assure consumers that we take seriously our mission to protect the public health.”
The graphic video, posted on the website WorldStarHipHop, shows a man urinating on an assembly line, then pans to a sign with the Kellogg logo.
Kellogg said it was able to determine the video was taken in 2014 after its team studied the assembly line shown and compared it with the current line.
“It is important to note that any products that could be potentially impacted would be very limited and past their expiration dates,” Kellogg said. It said the products that were potentially affected include Rice Krispies Treats, granola clusters used in some products and puffed rice treats that it no longer makes.
“We are outraged by this completely unacceptable situation, and we will work closely with authorities to prosecute to the full extent of the law,” the company said.
Although “this behavior was disgusting,” said Paul Norman, president of Kellogg North America, “this type of situation is a food quality issue and does not present a food safety risk.”
Kellogg, based in Battle Creek, Mich., said it is working to identify the person in the video.
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