Flap continues over Kellogg cereal boxes
August 5, 2010
The recall of 28 million boxes of Kellogg cereal due to packaging contamination may have repercussions beyond the actual incident. Congressmen and others are taking a hard look at the use of 2-methylnaphthalene, the chemical implicated in the recall of boxes of Froot Loops, Honey Smacks, Apple Jacks and Corn Pops earlier this summer. The recall occurred after consumers complained of an off odor, later linked to elevated hydrocarbon levels in the lining. Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) sent a letter to Kellogg earlier this week asking about the company’s handling of the recall. The two lawmakers noted in their letter that 2-methylnaphthalene has been associated with lung disorders in adults, and that its effects on children seem not to have been studied. The Washington Postreportedthat Kellogg destroyed some of the tainted packaging before notifying the FDA and initiating the recall-an assertion the company denies.